The Steven M. Sweat Annual College Scholarship Essay Competition

Providing $1,000 each year to help students meet the increasing costs of obtaining a higher education

According to a 2014 report published by Bloomberg, college tuition continues to outpace the rate of inflation. Consequently, more and more students and families find it difficult to meet the costs associated with attending college. For this reason, the Law Offices of Steven M. Sweat, APC is pleased to hold an annual college essay contest to help a current or prospective college student meet the costs associated with obtaining a degree. Details regarding the essay contest and submission guidelines are provided below.

The essay topic

In order to participate in the contest, applicants must be currently attending or planning on attending an accredited U.S. college or university in the near future. In addition, they must write and submit a 500-word essay responding to the following question:





Congratulations to our 2015 winner, Ms. Brittany Jackson! Thank you to each and every one of you who entered!

Once the application period ends, the essays will be evaluated by Mr. Sweat based on the following criteria:

  • The quality of the writing
  • The thoughtfulness of the response
  • Originality
  • The applicant’s demonstrated potential for success in their chosen field of study

The winner of the contest will be notified by email on or around 12/15/16.

Submission guidelines

Applicants should submit their essay as an attachment to an email to by 12/01/16. In addition to their essay, applicants should include the following information in the body of their email:

  • Their legal name, address, and phone number
  • The college or university that they are attending or planning to attend
  • Their current or proposed course of study
  • For applicants who are under 18, contact information for a parent or legal guardian

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Our 2015 Winner

Brittany Jackson - 2015 Winner of the Steven M. Sweat Scholarship Essay Contest

Brittany Jackson
Read Brittany’s winning essay here!

Our 2016 Winner:

Hannah Sweatt (we are awaiting a picture of our winner)

Read Hannah’s winning essay here!