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Scholarship Essay Contest

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

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

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

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!


Essay submissions open: February 1, 2016
Essay submissions close: April 30, 2016
Announcement of Winners: May 16, 2016


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

  • First Prize $1,500
  • Second Prize $750
  • Third Prize $250

See List of Previous Winners Here

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 student enrolled at an Illinois college or law school

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 Saturday, April 30, 2016. 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 focus on the topic:

Medical malpractice with the advancement of technology: New technology always brings about more errors.

Your essay should:

  • Address these questions:
    • With the advancement in medical devices, what are some of the threats to patients?
    • Is tech reliable in the medical field?
  • Describe any personal experiences you have with medical malpractice caused by the advancement of technology. (What were the effects of technology in the medical malpractice case you have experienced?)
  • Recommend/Suggest ways that can be taken to minimize the possible risks associated with implementing the new technology or medical equipment.
  • 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 Saturday, April 30, 2016.

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 three essays based on the above criteria. These essays will be divided into two groups:

  • Our top three prize winners

We will notify all three winners of their selection on Sunday, May 15, 2016. 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.