2023 Scholarship Winner
Congratulations to the winner of our 2023 Wells Call Annual Scholarship Contest, Annelise Keck.
Annelise Keck, who goes by Miss Lisa, is excited to start the first year of her Master Degree in Library Science. She will be attending the University of Arizona Online. Miss Lisa enjoys the smell of books, getting lost in a good story, and scolding people who don’t respect literature. She puts her hair in a bun and wears cardigans. She hopes to obtain her first set of glasses soon as the printed word has started to get blurry. Besides, her Librarian persona is incomplete without them.
Miss Lisa currently works for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind at their Salt Lake City campus in the school’s library. Besides taking care of the books, she designs storytimes for the children that employ enhanced elements so that those without sight and/or hearing can experience the joys of literacy. She collects items with interesting shapes, smells, sounds, and colors to add to her stories. She relishes the opportunity to work with the children and see their faces brighten when being informed that even Kevin the Unicorn (the sparkliest, most happy unicorn) has bad days.
Currently, Miss Lisa is only allowed to design and present stories under the direction of the Director of Libraries. Once she has her Master Degree, she will be able to have autonomy so she can implement ideas and concepts that are all her own. She will also be able to make significant contributions to the libraries’ collections with items she personally feels will benefit the children. She looks forward to the world that will open to her.
The Consequences of Drunk Driving with Young Drivers
Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among teens, with one-third of those deaths being alcohol-related. According to the CDC, young drivers are 17 times more likely to die in a car accident when they have a blood alcohol concentration of .08% than when they have not been drinking.
Simply put, drunk driving is a huge public safety problem. While young drivers are not the sole demographic responsible for drunk driving, they do make up a decent percentage of the whole. In the US, licensed drivers under 21 are responsible for 17% of fatal-related crashes even though they are only 10% of the total licensed drivers. We must find a way to prevent drunk driving.
There are always ways to create safer roadways for all of us. Of course, we can be a part of the solution by not participating in driving while intoxicated, but how can we help others?
The Safer Roadways Scholarship
In an effort to reduce the number of young drivers getting behind the wheel while under the influence, the lawyers at Wells Call are offering a $1500 scholarship to students.
We are asking students to write an essay of at least 500 words (and no more than 1000 words) sharing a compelling idea that could help lower or even prevent drunk driving among teens. Remember, provide a concrete idea and follow it up with actionable steps that could be taken.
About Wells Call
Wells Call is a Bay Area personal injury law firm that handles hundreds of auto accident cases per year. Clients from across California and the Western U.S. count on our demonstrated ability to achieve justice, even in the most unique and difficult personal injury and wrongful death cases. We currently have offices in Napa, Fairfield, Vallejo, Vacaville, Woodland, and Richmond.
- Applicants must be EITHER outgoing high school seniors (graduating summer 2024) OR students currently enrolled in a college, trade school, or university as of the start of the fall 2024 semester.
- Must submit an essay by July 14, 2024.
What do I need to write about in my essay?
We want students to write about a compelling idea to help prevent drunk driving among teens. We want to encourage students to think outside the box. There is no one answer; be creative! Next, we want students to consider and back up their idea with actionable steps that could be taken today.
What is the deadline for the submission?
Applicants must be received by no later than July 14, 2024.
When will the winner be selected and notified?
A winner will be selected by no later than August 15, 2024.
**Due to a high number of submissions please do not call the firm in regard to the scholarship contest.