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Scholarship Essay Contest

2015 Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. Scholarship Essay Contest Winners

First Prize: Jacob Lindstedt of Saint Charles, Illinois, a senior at Wheaton Academy. Jacob will be studying history/secondary education at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

Second Prize: Lyle Lacanlale of Woodridge, Illinois, a senior at Downers Grove South High School in Downers Grove, Illinois. Lyle will be studying civil engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, IL.

Third Prize: Nathan Armando of Schaumburg, Illinois, a senior at James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Nathan will be studying biomedical engineering Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

Additionally, five participants will receive honorable mention awards:

  • Vishani Shah (Hoffman Estates, IL)
    • Senior at Hoffman Estates High School in Hoffman Estates, IL.
  • Amy Stark (Hawthorn Woods, IL)
    • Senior at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, IL.
  • Martin McDonough (Elmhurst, IL)
    • Senior at York High School in Elmhurst, IL.
  • Ashley Lenhart (Watseka, IL)
    • Freshman at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, IL.
  • Darek Makowski (Lake in the Hills, IL)
    • Freshman at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.

The Chicago personal injury lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. are proud to offer eight scholarships to deserving high school seniors and first-year college students who author winning essays in our third annual Scholarship Essay Contest.

Students who enter our contest will write one essay on the topic of distracted driving, which we explain in more detail below.

Our goal is to support students’ educational efforts while raising awareness about this important issue.

The deadline for submitting essays is Friday, April 24, 2015.

Please carefully read through our contest rules below and don’t let the submission deadline pass without taking advantage of this exciting opportunity.

Good luck to everyone!


There will be eight scholarships awarded to winning essays in the amounts of:

  • First Prize $2,500
  • Second Prize $1,500
  • Third Prize $500
  • Honorable Mention (five awards at this level) $100

Type of Scholarships

Each winner of this essay contest will be awarded a check from the law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. The check will be made out to your registered school. These funds must be used to pay for school tuition and / or school-related expenses.


To be eligible for an award in our essay contest, you must be:

  • 18 years old or older
  • Be a U.S. citizen and permanent resident of the State of Illinois
  • A current high school senior registered at an Illinois high school; or
  • A current first-year student enrolled at an Illinois college

Additionally, you must:

  • Verify you have read and understand the Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Scholarship Essay Contest Rules by submitting a signed and scanned copy of our downloadable Application Form.
  • Submit a readable copy of your essay (only one essay per student is allowed).
  • Submit a digital photo (.jpg) of yourself.

Please send your application form, essay and photo by email to scholarship@salvilaw.com by the deadline of Friday, April 24, 2015. Please use “Scholarship Essay Contest” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Essay Length / Limit

The essay must be no fewer than 750 and no more than 1,500 words long. Again, only one essay per student is allowed to be entered.

Essay Content

The essay you write must answer the question:

How serious is the problem of distracted driving among young drivers?

Your essay should:

  • Define what “distracted driving” means. (Does it involve more than talking or texting on a cell phone while driving?)
  • Describe any personal experiences you have with distracted driving. (Do you personally text or talk on a cell phone while driving? Do your friends and family members? Have you ever been in or witnessed an accident or near-accident that involved distracted driving?)
  • Suggest steps that can be taken to encourage young people to avoid distracted driving.
  • Please cite any statistics, surveys, studies or news stories that support your points.

Selection Process

All application forms, essays and photos must be submitted to scholarship@salvilaw.com by the deadline of Friday, April 24, 2015.

The essays will then be judged by Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. The judging will be based on accuracy, grammar, style and originality. Judges will look for clear, original essays that are logically organized and well-supported.

The judges will select the top eight essays based on the above criteria. These essays will be divided into two groups:

  • Our top three prize winners
  • Our five honorable mention winners.

We will notify all eight winners of their selection on Monday, May 4, 2015. On that same date, a page will go live on SalviLaw.com which displays the essays written by our top three prize winners.

For more information about the Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Scholarship Essay Contest, please see our Frequently Asked Questions section. If your question is not answered, you may email scholarship@salvilaw.com.