We have completed our due diligence on our finalists. We interviewed each finalist, read everything that was submitted on behalf of each of them, and reached out to people in the community that might know some of them. Selecting our winners this year was very difficult. Every finalist this year had the chance to win the extra $4000 scholarships. Every student interviewed well. That made deciding the winners even more tough. We considered factors such as grit, drive, effort, need, individuality, and community support. The decision-making process was difficult. But after careful consideration our winners of the extra $4000 are as follows:
After much consideration, we have our list of finalists for the Monsour Law Firm Scholarships. Because of the COVID-19 virus, we extended our deadline to apply, just in case the virus caused any applicant difficulty. We allowed late applications with no penalty whatsoever.
As we stated previously, we planned on naming eight finalists who would each receive $1,000 and then select three winners from the group of finalists who would each receive an additional $4,000, for a total of $5,000 for each winner.
It was absolutely no surprise that the selections this year were extremely competitive. Our applicants were highly qualified, diverse, and interesting. Because of the quality, we were unable to select just eight finalists. The best we could do was limit the pool to ten finalists. So now, we will have ten finalists each receiving $1,000 and they will each be considered for the additional $4,000. Please understand that some absolutely outstanding candidates were not selected. That just shows how competitive the process was. In no particular order, our finalists are: