Challenging the Norm Scholarship

The attorneys at Modern Law believe in the importance of staying up-to-date on the latest, processes, technology, and systems. As a family lawyer, Billie Tarascio recognizes the positive impact that staying on top of modern trends can have on her clients’ legal experiences, and most importantly to the children in these families. In fact, remaining aware of the latest legal tactics can sometimes mean the difference between winning and not winning a trial! Every family’s representation is different, which is why it’s important to remember one-size doesn’t always fit all when it comes to the legal process. Sometimes, innovation is necessary.

The same logic can be applied to all aspects of life! You can’t always take the same approach or you may need to change a process in order to improve it. The attorneys at Modern Law want to hear about a time when you noticed something wasn’t working or the process for accomplishing it was outdated. 

To answer Modern Law’s Challenging the Norm Scholarship essay prompt, discuss a time when you witnessed serious problems with an outdated system or process that was being handled poorly. How did you use your time and resources to come up with a way to update the system or process in a new, modern way? This $1,000 scholarship from Modern Law will be awarded to the student whose essay best conveys their impressive solution to an outdated problem.

Scholarship Eligibility:

To qualify for our Challenging the Norm Scholarship, an applicant must be currently enrolled in an accredited university (community college, junior college, undergraduate program, or graduate program) within the United States. High school graduates or GED holders who are preparing for college-level studies are also eligible and encouraged to apply—especially first generation students (although this award is not limited to such students). All eligible candidates must be in good academic standing, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

Application Requirements:

All interested applicants must provide the following:

  • An updated resume
  • A current up-to-date, official or unofficial transcript from the applicant’s school 
    • NOTE: first-year students may submit an unofficial transcript from their most recent institution as well as an unofficial transcript from your current post-secondary institution.
  • A 750 word essay that discusses a time when you witnessed serious problems with an outdated system or situation that was being handled in outdated ways.


The deadline to apply for this scholarship is June 30, 2020. Interested applicants should send their application to using the subject line: “[Applicant’s Name] – Challenging the Norm Scholarship” by the June 30 deadline.

Thank you for your interest in our Challenging the Norm Scholarship!