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2020 College Scholarship

UPDATE: The 2020 scholarship entry period is now closed. Thank you to all of our entrants!

The Holliday Karatinos, PLLC Scholarship Program is designed to help high school seniors and college students who are interested in pursuing an institution of higher education. With combined scholarship grants worth $5,000, we are excited to help students achieve their goals as we recognize the value of education as a vital foundation for the creation and fulfillment of advantageous careers. We look forward to reviewing your application, and wish you success in all your future endeavors.



Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent U.S. resident.
  • Be a resident of Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando or Citrus county
  • Be accepted to an institution of higher learning.
  • High school seniors who are 18+ (or need parent written consent) and all college students (2-year tech, or 4-year university, colleges, undergraduates)

Employees of Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC,, Inc., their boards of directors and immediate family members are not eligible for this essay contest.


The following documents must be provided for consideration (.doc, .docx, or .pdf format only).

  • An official copy of a current academic transcript.
  • Proof of legal residency in U.S. (i.e. birth certificate, passport, driver’s license, permanent resident card, etc.).
  • Proof of acceptance to an institution of higher learning.
  • Submit a digital photo (.jpg) of yourself.
  • A one-page essay of 600 words with the focus on: The Importance of the 7th Amendment in the US Constitution

Please include the following, in addition to the requirements set forth above:

  • Include your full name, email address, mailing address and phone number at the top of your essay. This will be the information that we use to contact you if your essay is selected as the winner, but will not be shared with the public if you become a finalist.  If you are one of the 3 winners, your name and image will be shared with the public.
  • Please include 1-2 sentences about yourself. (What school, college or university you attend or plan to attend and your plans for the future, and what school you are attending now.)


  • Essay submissions open: March 1, 2020
  • Essay submissions close: May 1, 2020
  • Winners contacted and announced by: June 1, 2020


All entries submitted to Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC in connection with this contest, along with all copyright, trademark and other proprietary rights associated therewith, become the property of Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC upon submission.

Entry materials will not be returned to any entrant. By submitting an entry, you acknowledge that if you win the scholarship contest, Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC will own all rights to publish and promote the submission.


All entrants agree that they consent to the use of their name and area of residence, as well to the use of their likeness (as in a photograph) and prize information.


  • First Prize

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  • Second Prize

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  • Third Prize

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The Law Firm Scholarship is to be used exclusively for tuition at an institution of higher learning and related expenses such as books, supplies, etc. An award check will be made payable to the award recipient’s school and/or supplier of books, supplies, etc. to cover these expenses. Award winners are expected to submit receipts in accordance with IRS regulations.

Law Firm Scholarship award recipients will be notified of the selection on or before June 1st, 2020

2020 Scholarship Winners

  • First Place: Brandon James Hopkins
  • Second Place: Anna Elizabeth Naughton
  • Third Place: William Christopher Ertl

2017 Scholarship Winners

  • First Place: Armand Chalk
  • Second Place: Rosemary Peterson
  • Third Place: Amiyah Lytle

2016 Scholarship Winners

  • First Place: Jennifer Slogar
  • Second Place: Jonathan Romero
  • Third Place: Tessa Gagne

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