Attorney Michael A. DeMayo’s scholarship program for North and South Carolina high school seniors has been in action now for ten successful years. Certainly with the cost of a college education today, any amount of a scholarship is a help, however that is not the main purpose of this particular scholarship. The goal is to honor students for scholastic and personal excellence, measured not just by grades and SAT scores but also by applicants’ extra curricular activities and involvement in their communities.
However, the main purpose of this annual award is to help raise awareness and educate teens about the dangers of underage drinking and driving. As word spreads of this program, the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo receive applications from more and more interested students with each passing year. The amount of the scholarship has grown as well, starting in 2003 with five $1000 awards. This year DeMayo law handed out a $2,500 award to each of the fifteen 2012 winners. In total, there have been 97 scholarships awarded to high school seniors in the twentythree eligible North and South Carolina counties over the past decade.
DeMayo is frequently asked about the requirements for the scholarship. He’s set it up so that a student needs to have at least a 3.0 GPA and be attending a four year college to be eligible to apply. To see all the specifics of this scholarship, students are advised to look at the DeMayo scholarship webpage.
As a personal injury lawyer, Michael A. DeMayo sees firsthand the damage and devastation done to individuals and families as a result of drinking and driving accidents. In fact, the scholarship is ingenious as it affords a platform to write about new ideas and possible solutions to this crisis to the very people who are most affected by this issue – the teens themselves. DeMayo has been particularly impressed this year with the diversity of the applicants as well as the clarity and ingenuity of the presentations made by the students. He says it’s clear that they deeply care about this issue and have put in a lot of time, creativity and effort into their presentations, which can be done via video or website, power point, brochure or essay.
Click here to see a list of the 2012 scholarship winners as well as all the previous years’ winners.
Michael DeMayo says his goal for this scholarship is to raise awareness of the problems related to underage drinking and driving, believing that if even one life is saved as a result, this scholarship program is a success. He believes that the creative suggestions and presentations made by the scholarship winners can indeed have a significant impact in raising teen awareness of this problem, and that raising awareness is always the first line of offense with any major public issue. Certainly, drinking and driving is a major issue that affects us all. And even more certainly, our future is in our young people’s hands – and their hands are on the steering wheel.