Our law firm was thrilled to see the talent, creativity and dedication among those who applied for our 2019 scholarship awards. We received many well-researched and thoughtful entries from high school, college and graduate students from throughout the country.

The attorneys of McKinney, Tucker & Lemel, LLC, had asked students to provide an essay of 600 words or less or a video of two minutes or less in which they responded to the following question: 

“Have you or someone you know been affected by drunk driving? In what ways has it made or would it make you a safer driver?”

We appreciate every entry that we received, and we would love to award a scholarship to every applicant. However, we had to choose only two winners. The funds which they receive will go towards their costs of pursuing a higher education.

We thank every student who submitted an essay or video and wish everyone the best as they move forward.

1st Place: Erica Grier

Originally from New Braunfels, Texas. Erica loves spending time outside with her daughter and going on adventures with her. She is studying to be a Special Education Teacher. Her current goal is to become a Severe/ Moderate Autism Special Education Teacher. She is currently enrolled in WGU and plans to continue until she completes her Masters degree.

Read her essay here.

2nd Place: Rachel Armour

Rachel is from a small town in Texas. She fell in love with art from a really young age and decided there’s nothing else she wanted to do more. She is pursuing her masters in applied art and will be going into fields such as scenic artistry and creating theme park attractions!

Read her essay here.