Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship
The Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship is an annual scholarship that our attorneys offer college students who were victims of car accidents earlier in their lives and who have bravely overcome their injuries while pursuing an education.
Our annual scholarship of $500 is awarded to two applicants. The deadline is December 31st.
Through our Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship, we strive to honor those victims injured in an automobile crash as they continue to courageously persevere through their own medical recoveries and as they push forward to continue their education. We have witnessed some amazing stories of human resilience. These people have already achieved so much and we are excited for what they can achieve in the future.
Our hope is also that by recognizing outstanding young people who have overcome serious challenges, that we can provide inspiration and hope to others who are also going through a difficult recovery after a car accident.
This Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship has special significance to us. As auto accident attorneys, we wanted to create a scholarship based on our own experience helping automobile crash victims. An automobile crash can be a life-changing event. Often, an initial injury is compounded by how people are subsequently mistreated, often by their own insurance companies when they are denied benefits or when they are cut-off from necessary No-Fault benefits like wage loss or being able to see a doctor to treat for injuries.
This year we are honored to recognize Olivia Gray who is a senior at the University of South Florida and Lauren Koops who is in her sophomore year at the University of Texas at Austin as the winners of our 2022 Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship.
Congratulations to Olivia and Lauren. We applaud your perseverance and strength of character. We are grateful to you for sharing your inspiring stories with us and with countless others. We applaud you for the hope you bring.
To learn more about the Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship and the challenges that our 2022 scholarship winners are facing with courage and determination, please read on.
What is the Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship?
As attorneys, we understand how difficult it can be to recover after a serious car accident injury.
This is especially true for young people in the prime of their lives.
In order to recognize their struggles overcoming hardship and acts of heroism and hard work, Michigan Auto Law offers its annual Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship to college students who were victims of car accidents at some point in their lives and who have overcome their injuries to pursue an education.
Our attorneys have been helping people injured in auto accidents for more than 50 years, and want to lend a hand to those who have survived serious crashes and who are demonstrating resolve and determination to rebuild their lives.
Our Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship serves as an important reminder that each and every person injured in an auto accident is a person, not a number or a claim. Today, most of the insurance industry uses injury claims software that dehumanizes people by putting a dollar value on a case. When personal injuries and pain and suffering are given an average, or median dollar settlement value based on a given geographic area by a computer program, we lose sight of the most important thing of all: what a life-altering car accident means to a person who’s life has now been upended.
Eligibility and selection criteria
Applicants for the Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
- Be currently enrolled as a full- or part-time student in an accredited college or university within the United States;
- Have sustained injuries from a car or truck accident at some point in your life; and
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
Selection is based on the overall strength of the application and how that applicant has overcome the challenges he or she has faced from being injured in a car accident.
The application deadline for the 2023 Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship is December 31, 2022.
The Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship is a competitive process.
Applicants must submit the following items:
- A completed application;
- A copy of the police report from the motor vehicle accident that resulted in the applicant’s injuries. If a copy cannot be obtained from the police department or from their online system, other forms of acceptable proof can be a report from the applicant’s auto insurance company, or a medical or physical therapy document. Any document in lieu of a police report should include the applicant’s name and list or otherwise indicate that the applicant’s injuries were caused by or were the result of a car or motor vehicle accident;
- An essay of not more than three pages describing the car accident, the applicant’s injury or injuries, and how the applicant has worked to overcome his or her injury or injuries.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please complete the Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship Application.
All application materials can be sent by email or faxed on or before the December 31, 2022, deadline. PLEASE NOTE: Files sent via email must be in PDF or Microsoft Word (DOC) format.
Fax to the attention of the Marketing Department at (248) 254-8088 or email the completed Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship application, and required documents to [email protected]
For questions, please send an email to [email protected]
Meet Olivia Gray: Winner of the 2022 Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship
On September 1, 2021, Olivia Gray was waiting to cross the street when a speeding, impaired driver roared onto the sidewalk and crashed into her. Olivia was thrown 20 feet – soaring over a guardrail and collapsing in a drainage ditch. When she regained consciousness – not knowing what day it was or what had happened – an ambulance rushed her to the trauma unit at Tampa General Hospital.
Ultimately, Olivia was diagnosed with having suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, deep tissue stitches on her forehead, a broken pelvis in two places, a broken S1 bone in her back, a pseudo aneurysm and hematoma in her iliac vein, multiple cuts and abrasions on her left arm, a broken tibia, and an exploded knee.
Although Olivia felt overwhelmed and defeated at first, wondering how her injuries and recovery process would affect her ability to keep up with her studies, she explained in her essay that she was determined that this horrible event was not going to stop her from making the most of her life:
“While this accident has, and continues, to knock me down, nothing has ever stopped me from persevering and achieving my goals. Recovery started to speed up after I kept telling myself that I am strong, and that challenges like this will only make me stronger. There was a reason why I am still alive, and I knew I couldn’t waste this opportunity to continue on my path to become a successful lawyer. I am so fortunate to have such a great support system to remind me of these things. Without my family, my boyfriend, and my friends to assist me while I continue to keep things moving along, I would not be as confident in myself and would never have gotten up off the couch to try walking again.”
Olivia has had a second major knee reconstruction surgery and she has started physical therapy. Forward is the direction she is headed:
“This accident has made me realize that this universe is quite chaotic. There is no telling what could possibly happen at any given moment, so it is important to cherish every little moment of life and to not think twice about whether or not to pursue your goals. Personally, I feel that I am the same individual that I was before being hit by a car. The only thing that is different is the way I am pursuing the same goals I had. I may not be able to experience a normal senior year of college, but that didn’t stop me from maintaining all A’s, applying to law school, and being one of only 2 students in my research methods class to be recommended for assisting in a doctoral candidate’s research study. I may not be able to walk for a while, or be able to complete work as easy as I did in the past, but that didn’t stop me from hosting my boyfriend’s 22nd birthday party, traveling with my friends, and participating in the Women in Pre-law society on my campus.”
We wish Olivia success with her future professional career in law and we thank her for setting such an inspiring example.
Meet Lauren Koops: Winner of the 2022 Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship
Lauren Koops was walking across the street on June 1, 2020, when a negligent driver crashed into her, causing her to be hospitalized and unconscious long enough that she missed her high school graduation and prevented her from attending college when classes started in the fall.
Lauren suffered a traumatic brain injury and injuries to both legs that were so severe she has had to go through five surgeries. She has also had to undergo both physical and speech therapy.
As she began her journey to recovery, Lauren grieved for the life she had had and the person she was before the crash changed everything.
“My traumatic brain injury led me into an emotional turmoil I have never known,” she explained in her essay.
After noting that she had been “destroyed by doctors telling” her what her future may hold, Lauren wrote that she was “overwhelmed with shame and disappointment in myself. I truly wondered why I had survived if all I now had to offer the world was wasted potential.”
But then help came along to put her spirit on back on track:
“My mother, my friends… they all believed in me. They made me smile again, and they waited for me until I was strong enough to let them know these spiraling thoughts I was having. They let me cry, and they promised me love no matter who I would become. It was their belief in me that brought me to where I am now. I have learned to allow myself acceptance to whatever tomorrow may look like, and whoever I may see in the mirror. A critical head injury changes a lot, but it can’t change the victim’s identity.”
Lauren sees herself now in a new light “with a new quality that I can’t put in words.” She has a new purpose:
“I want to tell my story– I want to tell every story and make a million more– because stories connect us. They make our wide and wild world just a bit smaller despite its growing divides. Stories let mankind adventure in a new pair of shoes to find that it’s love tying every pair of laces. It’s my duty to use this second shot at life to tell stories professionally as I now choose to pursue a degree in journalism.”
Lauren concludes with an observation that shows how the challenges she faces are giving her wisdom well beyond her years:
“I am a vessel that should’ve sunk that fateful night on the corner of Mound and Glenbriar, but I didn’t. I sail on with humility and gratitude, the greatest fuel there is.”
We wish Lauren continued success with her studies and her journey to tell the stories that connect us and we thank her for setting such an inspiring example.
Have you been injured in a car accident? Call Michigan Auto Law for a free consultation
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident and you have questions about your legal rights to pain and suffering compensation, economic damages and auto No-Fault insurance benefits, you can call toll free anytime 24/7 at (800) 777-0028 for a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident attorneys. You can also get help by visiting our contact page or you can use the chat feature on our website.