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Accepting Applications for Spring 2022



Distracted driving, including due to texting and other cell phone use, is a serious issue that leads to hundreds of thousands of accidents and injuries in the United States each year. The problem is especially prominent among teen and young adult drivers, and teens are also at a greater risk of being the victim of a distracted driving accident.

At Kanoski Bresney, we want to support students who do their part to fight the problem of distracted driving. Through the Kansoki Bresney Stand Up to Distracted Driving Scholarship program, we are offering five scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each, to students in the U.S. who are pursuing higher education at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

You are eligible for the Kanoski Bresney Stand Up to Distracted Driving Scholarship if the following are true:


  • You are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited U.S. college or university, and your education will continue through at least the Spring 2022 semester.

  • OR

  • You are a high school senior who will be starting your college or university education in 2022.

  • You are a U.S. citizen.

  • You have a current overall GPA of at least 3.0.



Application Instructions



In order to be considered for the scholarship, you must submit a 1,000-word essay responding to the following prompt:

How has distracted driving affected your life? What ideas do you have to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and prevent this behavior among young drivers?

Your essay should be double-spaced, with 12-point font and one-inch margins, and saved as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file with a file name that includes your first and last name.

In addition to your essay, you will need to submit a current academic transcript, contact information including your name, phone number, address, and email address, and a professional photograph of yourself.

The deadline to apply is December 1, 2021


Selection of Scholarship Winners



Applications will be judged by the attorneys and staff at Kanoski Bresney based on the following criteria:

Thoughtfulness and originality of the ideas

Organization, clarity, and writing mechanics of the essay

Adherence to the eligibility criteria and application instructions

The winners will be selected and notified by January 15, 2022, and Kanoski Bresney will coordinate with your college or university to submit your scholarship award. The winners must consent to the use of their name, essay, and likeness for Kanoski Bresney’s marketing and promotional purposes.

2021 Stand Up to Distracted Driving Scholarship Winners

We are excited to announce the Fall 2021 recipients of the Kanoski Bresney Stand Up to Distracted Driving Scholarship! These five students were selected from more than 100 applicants, and we are honored to support them as they continue their education.

Sania Zehra Khaja

Sania Zehra Khaja

University of Illinois Chicago

Lindsay Douglass

Lindsay Douglass

Miami University

Jenna Bowman

Jenna Bowman

Graham Hospital School of Nursing

Margarita Sanchez

Margarita Sanchez

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Agam Gupta

Agam Gupta

University of California, Berkeley


Contact Kanoski Bresney With Your Questions



If you have questions regarding the scholarship program or the application process, click here to contact us.

We look forward to your applications!

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