Our law firm was thrilled to see the talent, creativity and dedication among those who applied for our 2020 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: Emerald Bell

From: Arizona
Attending: University of Arizona

Emerald is a Registered Nurse working in Arizona who is continuing her education at The University of Arizona by pursuing a PhD in Nursing.

Read her essay here.


2nd Place: Adam Callis

From: Springfield, TN
Attending: Tennessee State University

A college sophomore at Volunteer State Community College, Adam is studying History with the intention of becoming a grade school History teacher. Married for 6 years with three young children, he is a returning college student seeking to advance his career and better provide for his family.

Read his essay here.