Hon. Mary Fitzgerald Aspell Social Justice Scholarship
Deadline: February 28, 2024
PLEASE SUBMIT ALL SCHOLARSHIP INQUIRIES BY EMAIL TO: [email protected]
All information about the scholarship is available on this page. Please make sure to read carefully before submitting an inquiry, as it may delay the application process. We want to document all communication regarding scholarships, so we will not be able to answer scholarship inquiries by phone. Please submit all questions by email.
Judge Mary Fitzgerald Aspell was the second woman to appointed a Superior Court Judge in the State of Connecticut, and the mother of Attorney James F. Aspell. Judge Aspell was a trailblazer for women in the legal profession and a strong believer in the role that attorneys play in helping the less fortunate in society. . As a leading workers compensation law firm in Connecticut , James F. Aspell, P.C. is committed to making social justice a cornerstone of our practice's values. Our goal to ensure that all people have access to the same opportunities for education, self-improvement, and civic involvement, regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances.
Our nation has a long-standing legacy of social justice—from the fight for women's suffrage, to the civil rights movement, to contemporary efforts to embrace all varieties of race, creed, and sexuality—but there is still much work to be done. Until everyone can benefit from the same rights, opportunities, and basic services, there will always be the need for ambitious and talented people to make progress on behalf of others who are less fortunate.
To further this vision of making the world a better and more equitable place, our firm offers a scholarship to individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community outreach. We recognize that education is an important foundation upon which positive, sustainable change can be built, and we are happy to help fund the educational endeavors of outstanding individuals.
This year, our $1,000 scholarship is helping to raise awareness about the challenges individuals with disabilities have to meet and overcome each day.
We want applicants to consider and respond to the following questions: What are some significant challenges people with disabilities encounter on a regular basis? What are some practical public policies that could address these challenges? Feel free to speak about the challenges you have experienced or witnessed in a loved one's life.
By supporting the cause of social justice today, we are investing in a brighter future for everyone.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria:
- This scholarship is offered to any student currently enrolled in an accredited community college, undergraduate, or graduate program in the United States. This includes incoming first-year college students who are high school graduates or possess a GED.
- The scholarship candidate must possess an interest in social justice, as demonstrated by past and present volunteer, professional, and educational experiences.
- All eligible candidates must be in good academic standing, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
- An updated resumé
- A 750-word essay responding to the following prompt: What are some significant challenges people with disabilities encounter on a regular basis? What are some practicable public policies that could address these challenges? Feel free to speak about the challenges you have experienced or witnessed in a loved one's life.
- A current official or unofficial transcript from the applicant's school (NOTE: First-year college students must submit an unofficial transcript from their most recent school, as well as an unofficial transcript from their current post-secondary institution.)
Application Deadline and Instructions:
In order to be eligible, scholarship applicants must submit their FULL application (personal statement, cover sheet, transcript(s), and resumé) by email to [email protected] Preferably, these materials should be sent as PDF files. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable in lieu of official transcripts.
The official deadline for all application materials is February 28, 2024.
ALL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION SUBMISSION EMAILS MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING:
- Subject Line: Name of the Applicant — Hon. Mary Fitzgerald Aspell Social Justice Scholarship
- Attachments: Personal Statement, Cover Sheet, Transcript, and Resume
APPLICATIONS FAILING TO FOLLOW THE SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.