Scholarship Essay Contest

The law firm of Charles R. Ullman & Associates is now offering four (4) scholarships in our Scholarship Essay Contest to deserving undergraduate and graduate college students who author winning essays on either the marital domestic violence or marital communication topics explained in detail below.

Scholarship for the 2012-2013 School Year:

The essays must be submitted by 10 p.m. on April 15, 2013. Please read through our rules carefully and don’t let this deadline pass without seizing this excellent opportunity.

The awards will be distributed to essay contest winners after they have been notified in May, 2013.

Essay Contest Rules

Type of Scholarships

The law firm of Charles R. Ullman & Associates will provide the following awards to winners of this essay contest:

  • First prize – $3,500
  • Second prize – $1,500
  • Third prize – iPad, 32GB, Wi-fi
  • Fourth prize – iPad Mini, 32GB, Wi-fi

The cash prizes will be awarded as a check from the law firm of Charles R. Ullman & Associates. These funds must be used to pay for college tuition and / or education-related expenses.

Eligibility

This essay contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled in a college or university located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. U.S. territories are excluded.

To be eligible, you must:

Please send your application by email, mail or fax to:

Scholarship Committee
Charles R. Ullman & Associates
109 S. Bloodworth Street
Raleigh, N.C. 27601
Email: scholarships@www.charlesullman.com

Essay Content

The essay you write must be on one of the following topics:

Essay Contest Topic 1. Marital domestic violence

Domestic violence is a prevalent and complex social problem. In this essay, please focus on spousal violence and the social factors that may explain why such violence persists. Define unique characteristics of spousal violence as opposed to violence in an intimate relationship that is not a marriage. Propose three specific ways in which marital domestic violence could be reduced. In your discussion, address obstacles to implementation of the solutions that you propose. Use American Psychological Association (APA) Style for your scholarly citations that support your claims.

OR

Essay Contest Topic
2. Marital communication issues and divorce

Many relationship experts believe that the foundation of a strong marriage is open communication. For many couples, communication keeps their relationship healthy. However, for others, breakdowns in communication can lead to divorce. In this essay, please identify three ways in which communication problems are a factor in divorce and propose well-considered solutions to preventing those problems. Your discussion should reference technological contexts of communication. For example, consider how the prevalence of mobile technology (such as texting) or social media (such as Facebook) play a role in helping or hurting marital communication. Please close your essay with a reflection upon whether resolution of communication problems can save a marriage. Consider the significance of poor communication, as compared to other factors, as a precursor to divorce. Use American Psychological Association (APA) Style for your scholarly citations that support your claims.

Essay Length

The essay you choose must be no fewer than 750 words and no more than 1,500 words long.

Deadlines & Posting

You have two options for posting your essay:

Option 1: College or university blog or website

Contestants may choose to post their essay to a blog or webpage available through their college or university by 10 p.m. on April 15, 2013 and must leave it posted until April 15, 2014. The contestant is responsible for determining whether the school permits the posting of the essay to a school-sponsored or -provided blog or webpage.

Once your essay is posted, you must notify us by email at scholarships@www.charlesullman.com and provide the URL where your essay is posted. Please use the words “Essay Posted” in the subject line.

Option 2: Your personal blog or website

If a school blog or webpage is unavailable, the contestant may post their essay on their personal blog or website by April 15, 2013 and must leave it posted through April 15, 2014.

Once your essay is posted, you must notify us by email at scholarships@www.charlesullman.com and provide the URL where your essay is posted. Please use the words “Essay Posted” in the subject line.

The contestant is solely responsible for any expenses associated with the contestant’s essay, including the expense of posting or publishing the essay on a blog, webpage or website.

No inappropriate links or advertisements should appear on the webpage or blog page where the essay appears.

Judging

Essays will be judged by the partners at Charles R. Ullman & Associates. Winners will be selected in May 2013. Submissions will be judged on content, grammar, style, and originality. Judges will look for clear, original, articulate writing that is logically organized and well-supported.

For More Information

For questions about the Charles R. Ullman & Associates Scholarship Essay Contest, please see our Frequently Asked Questions section. If your question is not answered, you may email scholarships@www.charlesullman.com, call toll-free or write to:

Scholarship Committee
Charles R. Ullman & Associates
109 S. Bloodworth Street
Raleigh, N.C. 27601

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