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Holliday Karatinos, PLLC, Opens Annual Essay Contest for $5,000 in College Scholarships

by James Holliday, posted in News

High school seniors and college students in Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus counties have a chance to earn a total of $5,000 for tuition and books as part of the Holliday Karatinos, PLLC, Scholarship Program. This year, students can compete for three scholarships by writing a one-page essay (600 words) on “The Importance of the 7th Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.”

“Although it’s not often talked about, the 7th Amendment is a vital protection for everyday people who have been hurt by someone else’s negligence. It ensures that victims of personal injuries have a right to a jury trial when they seek compensation through a civil lawsuit,” explained Jim Holliday, a respected personal injury lawyer and founder of Holliday Karatinos, PLLC. “We believe in educating the public about their legal rights, and what better way to do that than by supporting the educational goals of the young people here in our community.”

The application period for the essay contest begins March 1, 2020, and closes May 1, 2020.  Winners will be chosen and notified by June 1, 2020. The winners will receive:

  • First Prize: $2,500 Scholarship
  • Second Prize: $1,500 Scholarship
  • Third Prize: $1,000 Scholarship

The scholarship prize money can be used toward tuition and related expenses such as books and supplies. Award checks will be made payable to the recipients’ schools and/or suppliers of books, etc.

Requirements and Submissions

High school seniors who are 18 or older (or have written parental consent) and all college students are eligible to submit essays. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent U.S. resident. They must live in Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando, or Citrus county and be accepted to an institution of higher learning.

Students can enter the contest by sending the following documents (in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format only) to Joan E. Hahn at

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

At the top of the essay, students should include their full name, email address, mailing address, and phone number. They should also include one or two sentences about themselves including about their school and plans for the future.

Send Us Your Essays!

The team at Holliday Karatinos, PLLC, looks forward to reading your thought-provoking essays on the 7th Amendment. To learn more about the firm’s scholarship contest, visit our 2020 College Scholarship page.

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