Defense Against Distracted Driving Scholarship

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Enter now to win $1,000 for college!

J&Y Law Firm is excited to announce its semi-annual “Defense Against Distracted Driving Scholarship” is now accepting applications for its Spring 2024 scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is to support high school seniors and college students who are committed to servicing their community by pledging to abstain from distracted driving. At J&Y Law Firm, we have seen too many innocent lives taken by distracted driving and we want your help to put a stop to it.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there were 3,522 deaths and an additional 362,415 people injured caused by distracted driving in 2021. We want you to help come up with ideas to reduce distracted driving and share them with us in a 1,000 to 2,000 word essay. The best essay will receive $1,000 towards their education.

Applications for Spring 2024 begin on March 12, 2024 and end on May 15, 2024 at 5pm PST.

Essay Requirements:

Please write a 1,000 to 2,000 word essay explaining:

  • How has distracted driving affected your life personally?
  • How have you actively abstained from distracted driving? What methods work for you to avoid checking your phone while driving?
  • Have you ever seen your friends participate in distracted driving? What did you do?
  • What are some ways you can teach them the dangers of distracted driving?
  • What things do you think we can do at a societal level to address distracted driving?

Eligibility Criteria & Details:

  • $1,000 will be awarded to one selected participant.
  • You must fill out the form below and submit your 1,000 to 2,000 word essay.
  • The application period will end on May 15, 2024 and a winner will be selected by May 30, 2024.
  • The winner will be notified directly once they have been selected.
  • Scholarship only available to high school seniors and college undergraduates.
  • The recipient must be enrolled in an accredited college or University in California.
  • The student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA (or B average in high school).
  • The recipient must be at least 18 years of age.
  • One application per student.


  • Enrollment Verification form will be required from the winner’s college.
  • Our highly trained lawyers will review each submission and look for writing that is clear, articulate, and logically organized.
  • The winner will demonstrate an obvious passion for road safety.


The winner will be notified by email and telephone. If a winner does not respond to repeated communication request within 30 days of being notified by of their win, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and J&Y Law Firm shall be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above (and that winner will have to respond to notification of their win within 30 days or else they will also forfeit their prize, and so on, until a winner is determined). If a winner rejects their prize or the entry is invalid or in breach of these Terms and Conditions, the winner’s prize will be forfeited and J&Y Law Firm shall be entitled to select another winner. Prizes are typically hand delivered to winners at the J&Y Law Firm office in Los Angeles, CA, however, alternative payments methods can be arranged if the winner cannot pick up their scholarship money in person.

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About J&Y Law Firm  

The personal injury attorneys at J&Y Law Firm dedicate their lives to helping victims of accidents during their recovery. We help our clients find proper medical treatment so they can have a speedy and healthy recovery, while we fight on their behalf to get compensation for their pain and suffering.

Previous Winners

Spring 2023 Winner

Magali Reyes, Spring 2023 Winner

“It is a great honor to have received this scholarship and your support. I can better focus on my academic endeavors and goals. Thank you J&Y Law Firm!” – Magali Reyes, Spring 2023 Winner

Fall 2022 Winner

“Thank you so much! I am honored to have won this scholarship!” – Xol Torres, Fall 2022 Winner

Xol Torres, Fall 2022 Winner

Spring 2021 Winner

David Smith, Spring 2022 Winner

“My deep thanks to J&Y Law for this opportunity and for their activism/ awareness!” – David Smith, Spring 2021 Winner

Fall 2020 Winner

“I hold great passion for the importance of safe driving and strive to actively acknowledge the minuscule risks that make up dangerous driving. I’m so thankful to have shared my perspective in an informative, personal way. To J&Y Law Firm, you have given me the opportunity to make my voice heard. I hope that my words can pass on and inspire someone else. Thank you, J&Y!” – Kiely Rodriguez, Fall 2020 Winner

kiely scholarship winner

Spring 2020 Winner

kristin downs scholarship winner

“I am so honored to have been selected as this year’s winner! I am so grateful for this platform to express creatively the trauma that can be caused by distracted driving. I hope that this entry resonates with those who read it and could potentially save a life. Thank you J&Y Law!” – Kristin Downs, Spring 2020 Winner