Since many of us attended college, costs have skyrocketed. According to a recent report, the average cost of college in the United States is $35,720 per year. Adjusting for inflation, the cost of tuition has increased by a shocking 361% since 1963.
Unfortunately, wages have not kept pace with this explosion in college costs. In fact, between 1989 and 2016, college costs increased almost 8 times faster than wages. It is little wonder, then, that so many college students (and their parents) are undertaking massive amounts of debt to get a degree.
With the price of college at an all-time high, student loan debt has reached astronomical levels. As of February 2021, 45 million borrowers in the U.S. owe more than $1.7 billion in student loans. That works out to an average debt load of $37,693.
At the Kuvara Law Firm, we understand the value of an education. Without going to college and then onto law school, we wouldn’t be able to serve our community and advocate for injury victims. We have experienced the struggle with student loan debt, and know firsthand how challenging it can be to start your career deeply in debt.
That is why we are pleased to announce the 2021 Kuvara Law Firm Support the Community Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who has helped their community by volunteering for a non-profit in the Bay Area. In this way, we will provide a deserving student a scholarship to help cover part of their tuition and fees.
The 2021 Kuvara Law Firm Support the Community Scholarship will be in the amount of $1,000. This amount is to be used exclusively for tuition, class fees, or other educational expenses. In addition to this scholarship, the law firm will also make a $250 donation to the non-profit where the scholarship recipient volunteered their time.
According to attorney Matthew Kuvara, this scholarship will help the community in two ways: by helping a California student achieve their educational goals with less debt, and by supporting the mission of a Bay Area non-profit. Mr. Kuvara explained, “We know that both college students and non-profits often struggle with insufficient funds. Through this scholarship, we hope to help a local student pursue higher education, and ensure that a non-profit in our region can continue its important work.”
A check for the full amount ($1,000) will be made payable to the award recipient’s college or university. The recipient of the award is expected to submit receipts in accordance with IRS regulations. Any taxes on the scholarship award are the sole responsibility of the recipient. A check for the full amount of the donation ($1,000) will be sent directly to the selected non-profit organization.
Applicants for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:
- Be a current freshman or sophomore undergraduate or a high school senior who has accepted admission and will be attending a university, college, community college, or trade school in the Fall of 2022;
- Academic achievement as reflected by a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; and
- Applicant must have volunteered at a California 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2019, 2020, or 2021
Instructions for Submitting Your Scholarship Application
To apply for the Support the Community Scholarship, complete the application form, which asks about your academic and volunteer history. You must also submit an official high school or undergraduate transcript, and, if you are applying as a high school senior, your acceptance letter from the accredited college, university, or trade school.
You must also provide an essay up to three pages long describing your volunteer experience at a non-profit in your community. The essay should focus on how the experience shaped or influenced your values or impacted your pursuit of higher education.
Applicants should email completed materials and any questions to email. All materials should be in PDF format. Please do not call the office with questions.
To apply, submit the following via email in PDF format:
- Completed application form
- Official high school or college transcript
- Copy of acceptance letter from an accredited college, university, or trade school
- A 1 to 3 page typed essay, as described above
The deadline for the scholarship application is July 1, 2022.
The Kuvara Law Firm will notify the scholarship winner in August 2022, and the funds will be available for the spring 2022 semester.
Terms and Conditions
The selection committee at Kuvara Law Firm will choose the winner of the scholarship in August 2022. The decision of the committee is final. The recipient’s name may be announced via digital and print media. We may also use the names of applicants and essay submissions (whole or in part) for promotional purposes.
Questions or Comments
If you have any questions about the 2022 Kuvara Law Firm Support the Community Scholarship, email us at. We request that you do not call our office with questions about the scholarship.
We are committed to an equal opportunity for every eligible applicant. Our decision will in no way be influenced by gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age.
About Kuvara Law Firm
For more than 40 years, Kuvara Law Firm has advocated for clients in California who have been hurt in all types of accidents. Based in San Rafael and with law offices throughout Northern California, our legal team fights for the rights of people whose lives have been affected by the negligence of another person. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that we never charge a fee unless we recover money for you.
Our law firm represents accident victims throughout Northern California. We advocate for clients who have been hurt by the negligent or careless behavior of others, in cases involving car accidents, medical malpractice, bicycle accidents, slip and falls (premises liability), truck accidents, Uber accidents, motorcycle crashes, wrongful death, rollover wrecks, pedestrian accidents, bus collisions, train accidents, dangerous and defective products (product liability), boating accidents, nursing home abuse, drunk driving crashes, and airplane accidents. We also help workers who have been hurt on the job or developed an occupational illness.
With decades of combined experience, our team of legal professionals is well-equipped to handle the most complex personal injury cases. To learn more or to schedule a free initial consultation, call us at (415) 479-7070, or contact us online at any time.