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8th Annual "Words to be Heard" Scholarship Contest

Words to be Heard Scholarship Contest

Note: The deadline for this year's scholarship contest has passed, and we are no longer accepting entries. We are currently reviewing submissions and will announce the winners in the coming weeks.

Our law firm continues to bring attention to the tragedies caused by distracted driving — whether it's by alcohol, drugs, texting, cell phones, or anything else that impairs your safety behind the wheel.

Among the community projects we sponsor, we launched the Edgar Snyder & Asscoiates "Words to be Heard" Scholarship Contest in 2007. Over the past 7 years, we proudly awarded 63 scholarships to high school seniors for their projects that discouraged underage drinking and distracted driving. So far, we've given away $86,000 to help students afford college.

We are proud to announce that the Edgar Snyder & Associates' 8th Annual "Words to be Heard" Scholarship Contest is now open to high school seniors across Western PA who plan to attend a four-year college or university in the Fall of 2014. Our law firm will award:

  • One grand prize scholarship of $5,000
  • Three second-place scholarships of $2,500
  • Three runners-up will receive scholarships of $1,000

Entering the Contest

High school seniors can download an application here. The deadline for the 2014 scholarship contest is March 28, 2014.

Scholarship Rules

Submission materials include:

  1. A completed application including a recent photo.
  2. A presentation (video/PowerPoint/brochure/website/essay/or use your imagination) that discourages underage drinking and drunk driving OR texting while driving. The presentation can also highlight the dangers of these behaviors.

All of these items must be mailed together to:

Edgar Snyder & Associates
"Words to be Heard" Scholarship Contest
US Steel Tower, 10th Floor
600 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Presentation Options

Students can use any of the following formats to discourage underage drinking and drunk driving or texting while driving. The presentation can also highlight the dangers of these behaviors.

  • Video Public Service Announcement -- Video must be on a DVD with your name and school.
  • PowerPoint Presentation -- 15 slides minimum, 25 slides maximum. Presentation should be printed out as well as sent on a CD or DVD labeled with your name and school.
  • Brochure/Booklet -- Must provide printed copy of brochure or booklet and a copy of brochure/booklet on a CD or DVD labeled with your name and school.
  • Website -- 2-page minimum, 10-page maximum. Must provide printed copy of website and a copy of the website on a CD or DVD labeled with your name and school.
  • Essay -- 500-750 words, typed and double-spaced. Please also send on a CD or DVD labeled with your name and school.
  • Or use your imagination

Feel free to be creative and include supplemental marketing materials for proposals such as, but not limited to, brochures, posters, t-shirts, etc.

Have questions? Click here to email your question.

2013 Scholarship Winners


Matthew Clark
Pine Richland High School
Allegheny County
University of South Carolina
Video


Alexandria Denne
Gateway Senior High School
Allegheny County
University of Pittsburgh (Greensburg)
Powerpoint



Lindsay Spinabelli
Peters Township High School
Washington County
Penn State University
Video - Video



Jesse Vensel
McGuffey High School
Washington County
Pfeiffer University
Video


Brady Sheehan
Windber Area High School
Somerset County
Duquesne University
Website



Michael Trowbridge
Bellefonte Area High School
Centre County
Pennsylvania State University
Video



Katherine Zhou
North Allegheny High School
Allegheny County
Duke University
Video

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