Scholarship Essay & Video Competition Winners 2020

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 the Truitt Law Offices 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:

“What is your school or community currently doing to promote safer driving? In your opinion, what should they be doing?”

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: Jonathan Wilkins

From: Chesapeake, VA
Attending: William and Mary

A native of of Chesapeake, VA, Jonathan recently graduates from Indian River High School with plans to attend the College of William and Mary in the fall where he will double major in Political Science and Psychology with a focus on a pre-law track.

View his video submission here.

2nd Place: Brittany Tamayo

From: Plainfield, IL
Attending: University of Illinois at Chicago

Brittany is a current senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago pursuing a Political Science degree with plans to one day attend law school. When not at school, she works at the front desk of the Plainfield Park District or can be found volunteering at the local library.

View her video submission here.

3rd Place: Gianna Sbarbaro

From: Kailua, HI
Attending: University of San Diego

A current first-year student and scholar-athlete at the University of San Diego, Gianna studies Marketing and Entrepreneurship while also balancing academics with Division I running as a member of USD’s Cross Country and Track team. Her passions outside of the classroom and sports involve spending time outside, making artwork, and working with animals.

Read her submission here.

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About the Author

Phil Truitt joined Truitt Law Offices in 2018 after he earned his J.D. from Ohio Northern University Ohio Northern Pettit College of Law. However, his association with the law firm dates all the way back to childhood. His father, Richard, established the firm over 40 years ago. Growing up, Phil…