Our College Scholarship Program

Our College Scholarship ProgramIn 2015, we implemented our annual college scholarship program to help local high seniors to attend college and become future leaders of tomorrow. In our inaugural class, we gave away $40,000 in college scholarships to 16 deserving high school seniors. Our eleven 2016 Scholarship winners each received $5,000 towards their college expenses. Below is a photo of the 2016 recipients (with our Co-Chairs of the Scholarship Committee, Ibiere Seck and Minh Nguyen, far left and far right) who will go on to do great things. If you are a high senior who will attend college, then consider submitting an application for a scholarship in 2017. See below for application details. Applications will be received from January 1, 2017 to May 15, 2017.

Introduction

The Los Angeles Trial Lawyers' Charities, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, will award ten (10) college scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each to deserving high school seniors who will enroll in college in 2017. LATLC's mission is to make a positive difference in the quality of life for people within the greater Los Angeles area, focusing on issues related to education, children, survivors of abuse, persons with disabilities, and homelessness.

Application Process

Public high schools within the Los Angeles area have the opportunity to submit five (5) top senior candidates from each school for this program. Students are selected in an application process based on recommendations of Los Angeles County area high school counselors based upon merits and need. We ask that each school submit five (5) applications only.

Nominating Process

Our program's primary qualification is academic achievement and hardship. While academic achievement is the first standard, what truly separates the finalists from the other applicants is excellence outside the classroom and/or overcoming a hardship, socially and/or familial.

  1. No children of judges or lawyers are eligible for scholarships.
  2. Details of the scholarship program should be disseminated widely to all senior class members.
  3. Students are not disqualified on the grounds that they have applied for or received other scholarship(s).
  4. Students must reside in Los Angeles County.
  5. The desire to practice law is not a criterion for these scholarships.

Scholarship Folder

Each nominee will prepare a scholarship folder that contains the following:

  1. The nominee's academic record beginning in the 9th grade (school transcripts);
  2. A maximum of two letters from persons who are acquainted with the nominee outside of school. We have found that the most effective letters are from people in the community who have served as mentors to the nominee;
  3. A letter or essay from the nominee, not to exceed 250 words, discussing a significant or rewarding life experience and stating the nominee's personal aspirations and goals;
  4. A resume summarizing the nominee's extra-curricular activities including athletics, arts, student council, and/or work or volunteer experience;
  5. Additional data of the nominee's choice, not to exceed five (5) pages.

Application packages are submitted to The Law Office of Minh T. Nguyen, 3777 Long Beach Blvd., Third Floor, Long Beach, CA 90807 or email it to minh@nguyenlawyers.com. (PDF format is preferred.)

The information submitted must be readable. High-contrast originals are suggested, because members of the Scholarship Committee will duplicate the materials for review.

Selection Process

Once the committee receives nominations from all participating schools, LATLC will select ten (10) students from around the county who will each receive cash scholarship awards. Each recipient will be honored at his/her school’s Senior/Award Day.

Deadline for Submissions

The deadline for submission is May 15, 2017. The nominee must be present at the Awards Ceremony to receive the scholarship. The nominee will be permitted to bring two adults to the Awards Ceremony as guests. LATLC looks forward to meeting the best and brightest students our Los Angeles area public high schools have to offer. Questions, please contact Minh T. Nguyen, 2014 LATLC President and College Scholarship Committee Chair at (562) 283-5415 or minh@nguyenlawyers.com.