Scholarships
Available

$2,500

for Top Video

$2,500

for Top Essay

Rules and Requirements

Mesothelioma cancer claims the lives of thousands of people every year in the United States and its impact is felt for a lifetime by tens of thousands more people who are dear to them. Baron & Budd mesothelioma attorneys have been dedicated to fighting for the rights of mesothelioma cancer victims and their loved ones for over four decades and have established these scholarships to honor their legacy.

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Eligibility

Each entry must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for the scholarship:

  • Must be accepted to a US-based four-year university or college for any field of study (scholarship funds will be dispersed directly to your school)
  • Must provide two letters of recommendation that specifically name the Baron & Budd Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarship
  • You may submit either a written essay or video
    • Written essay must be between 800-1,250 words
    • Video essay must be a 2-3 minute YouTube video
      • YouTube videos must link back to https://www.baronandbudd.com/mesothelioma-lawyers/scholarships/
  • Cannot be an employee or family member of an employee of Baron & Budd
  • Deadline for submissions is July 16, 2021
  • Scholarship winners will be announced August 13, 2021

Essay and Video Topics

How has cancer impacted your life? It can be any kind of cancer.

Mesothelioma cancers, as well as other terminal cancers, have an impact well beyond the victim alone. How has receiving a cancer diagnosis for you or your loved one impacted your life? How did it impact you while your loved one was fighting their illness? What hardships did you or your family experience? How will this scholarship help you to reach your academic goals?

How to apply

1 Write your essay or record your video

Essay must be between 800-1,250 words. Videos should be at between 2 and 3 minutes.

2 Fill out the online application

Submit your essay or provide a link to your YouTube video. Please also submit a photo.

3 Provide proof of enrollment

Finalists will be required to provide proof of enrollment for scholarship consideration and disbursement to the winner.

Winning Entries

Winning entries will be published on our website and also in our respective social media spaces. By submitting your essay or video, you will allow Baron & Budd to publish your entry and also use your name and photo.

2020 Fall Scholarship Winner

Avery MoxnessAvery Moxness – Avery Moxness is the winner of the firm’s $2,500 Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarship. Moxness’ winning video essay was selected after a competitive review by the Baron & Budd Scholarship Committee. Her video focused on her own diagnosis with brain cancer earlier this year. Moxness explains how she was unknowingly dealing with the effects of a brain tumor for years. She was often suffering from migraines and other severe pains that limited her activities, but she learned to persevere and remain positive. After having surgery to remove the tumor, Moxness is doing much better and spending most of her time trying to decide which college she will attend for musical theater. Moxness has been accepted to four colleges and will be completing her auditions for the schools’ musical theater programs soon.

2020 Fall Scholarship Winner

Parker RollinsParker Rollins – Parker Rollins is the winner of the firm’s $2,500 Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarship. Rollins’ winning written essay was selected after a competitive review by the Baron & Budd Scholarship Committee. His essay detailed how he handled his father’s fight with adrenal cortical carcinoma. Rollins explains how he had to step up and take over many of his dad’s responsibilities and support his family. He describes how his father has always been his role model. When his father was ill, Rollins realized that he wanted to find ways to help others. He took leadership roles in his school, church, and community in order to give back and provide care to those less fortunate. Rollins is in his sophomore year at the University of Oregon. He is majoring in finance and plans to pursue his master’s degree after he graduates.

2020 Spring Scholarship Winner

Christopher GivensChristopher Givens – Christopher Givens is the winner of the firm’s $2,500 Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarship. Givens’ winning written essay was selected after a competitive review by the Baron & Budd Scholarship Committee. His essay detailed how his family has battled a genetic form of cancer called Retinoblastoma. Givens explains that retinoblastoma is a pediatric cancer of the eye that has affected his grandfather, mother, and two younger brothers. He describes what it is like to be one of the only members of his family who does not physically suffer from cancer but tells how he is still impacted by its effects. Givens has a positive attitude aimed toward problem-solving and would like to make a difference in finding new cancer treatment solutions. He will be majoring in chemical engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

2020 Spring Scholarship Winner

Claire HoughtonClaire Houghton – Claire Houghton is the winner of the firm’s $2,500 Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarship. Houghton’s winning video essay was selected after a competitive review by the Baron & Budd Scholarship Committee. Her video focused on her father’s Leukemia diagnosis and how it affected her family. Houghton explains how her father battled leukemia from the time she was three years old and how he recently passed away from the illness. The loss of her father was devastating for her and her family, but she was inspired by her father to always keep a smile on her face, have a positive attitude, and help others. She is majoring in nursing at the University of Delaware.

2019 Fall Scholarship Winner

Trey SieradskiTrey Sieradski – Trey is the winner of the firm’s $2,500 Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarship. Sieradski’s winning written essay was selected after a competitive review by the Baron & Budd Scholarship Committee. His essay described his battle with Burkitt’s Lymphoma and how he was able to overcome the disease and find joy in helping other children and teens in their battle against cancer. He will be majoring in mechanical engineering at the University of Alabama.

2019 Fall Scholarship Winner

Amritpal KaurAmritpal Kaur – Amritpal is the winner of the firm’s $2,500 Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarship. Kaur’s winning video essay was selected after a competitive review by the Baron & Budd Scholarship Committee. Her video described how her grandfather’s cancer diagnosis brought her family closer together and how she learned to always make the best out of a negative situation. She is majoring in biochemistry at California State University Bakersfield.

2019 Spring Scholarship Winner

Ricky StaffordRicky Stafford – Ricky is the winner of the firm’s $2,500 Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarship. Stafford’s winning written essay was selected after a competitive review by the Baron & Budd Scholarship committee. His essay detailed how he found a way to focus on joy and helping others after fighting leukemia for several years. He will be majoring in education at Southern Virginia University.

2019 Spring Scholarship Winner

Shelbi MuñozShelbi Muñoz – Shelbi is the winner of the firm’s $2,500 Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarship. Muñoz’ winning video essay was selected after a competitive review by the Baron & Budd Scholarship committee. Her video described how she lost several loved ones to cancer and how she was able to overcome the devastating loss. She will be majoring in theater at Florida State University.

2018 Scholarship Winner

Camryn HighsmithCamryn Highsmith – Camryn is the winner of the firm’s $2,500 Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarship.  Highsmith’s winning essay, which was selected after a competitive review by the Baron & Budd Scholarship committee, detailed the toll cancer has had on many important women in her life and also highlighted the impressive steps she has taken throughout her high school career to research breast cancer.