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$1,000 scholarship up for grabs

2/14/2014, 6 a.m.

College-bound high school seniors can vie for a $1,000 grand prize scholarship in the 7th Amendment Scholarship Essay sponsored by the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.

In the Scholarship Essay Competition, students address the following question:

“Since the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791, the 7th Amendment Right to Trial by Jury has been the cornerstone of the Civil Justice System. And yet, in the two-plus centuries since, the Right to Trial by Jury has been under near-constant assault. In your opinion, what role does the 7th Amendment play in the 21st Century, and why do you believe that it is important to safeguard this Right?

The deadline for completed applications and essays is April 7.

Emily Wring, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association’s executive director, said the scholarship competition will recognize some of Georgia’s best and brightest students.

“Through this competition, students from every corner of our state will be able to take what they have learned about the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution and apply it to today’s legal, social and political climates,” she said. “It is our hope that, through this one-of-a-kind opportunity, they will expand and reaffirm their belief in the Constitutional Right to Trial by Jury.”

A $500 first runner-up scholarship will also be awarded.

The two one-time scholarships are non-renewable, and checks will be issued jointly to the educational institution and the recipients.

For more information and application, visit www.gtla.org/scholarship.