2023 Family Adversity Scholarship

Yates and Wheland is pleased to offer the 2023 Family Adversity Scholarship to recognize students who have been through hardships with their families. As lawyers, we have served many individuals who have been in hard situations, and we know how stressful it can be during those times. We admire people who are able to learn and improve when faced with struggles. That’s why we are offering the Family Adversity Scholarship to recognize students who have been through hard times with their families and have come out the other side a better person.

Our firm is offering this $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior, college student or graduate student who can articulate how the struggle they faced has impacted them. Applicants must be either currently pursuing a higher education at a two to five year post-secondary institution or must be doing so in the following semester. Applicants must also meet the following eligibility requirements:


  • The scholarship is open to any current high school senior, college student or graduate student who is a legal resident of the United States and who is enrolled in a two to five year post-secondary institution for the 2023 fall semester.
  • Employees of Yates and Wheland, their immediate families, and persons living in the same households of such individuals (whether related or not), are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  • Candidates for this scholarship should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be in good academic standing at their current school.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must submit a 750-word response to the prompt: Discuss a time in your life when you and your family had to work through a tough scenario and how did that make an impact on your life going forward. What were you able to learn and how are you now able to help others going through similar situations?
  • Applicants must submit a professional resumé with their essay that lists their academic, professional, and volunteer experience.
  • Applicants must submit an official transcript from their current school. Transfer students or first-year students may submit an unofficial transcript from their current school, in addition to their most recent official transcript from their prior school.

The recipient of the Family Adversity Scholarship will be chosen during the month after the scholarship deadline.

Application Deadline and Instructions:

To be eligible for this scholarship, candidates must email their full application (including the essay, resumé, and transcript) to in**@yw*******.com by September 30, 2023. Any applications sent after this date will not be considered.

Scholarship applications should be sent with the subject line “Family Adversity Scholarship Application”, followed by the applicants first initial and last name.

Example: Family Adversity Scholarship – FJohnson

For questions, please email in**@yw*******.com.

By submitting an application, all applicants give permission to Yates and Wheland to post your essay on the Yates and Wheland website.

While everyone faces hardships in life, the most commendable of individuals are those that learn and improve from those hardships. Yates & Wheland believes that students who find a way to improve not only after a struggle or challenge, but everyday, are increasingly valuable in today’s world. Yates and Wheland would like all applicants to know that we appreciate you sharing about how you have improved after facing struggles along with your family. While we are only offering one scholarship, we want to encourage all applicants to continue finding ways to improve yourself and your surroundings every day.