Burress Injury Law Underdog Scholarship

Apply Today for One of Our Fall 2023 Scholarships

Our team at Burress Injury Law is passionate about helping the “underdogs.” We represent victims who have suffered serious injuries or lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. Specifically, we help our clients persevere in the face of adversity to receive the medical treatment they need and recover all of the compensation they are owed under the law for their losses and damages. With our Underdog Scholarships, we aim to support prospective applicants who have persevered in the face of adversity and who want to use their life experiences to help others.

The Burress Injury Law Underdog Scholarship fund provides $20,000 annually, with one $5,000 award and two $2,500 awards offered for each of the Spring and Fall semesters. Our scholarships are open to applications from undergraduate students throughout the United States, and the awards can be applied to tuition and other educational expenses at each recipient’s school. We are currently accepting applications for our 3 scholarships for Fall 2023.

In Honor Of...

We offer our scholarship awards in loving honor of our Grandparents


Wilbur “Buddy” & Jackie Morgan


Dr. Ron & Gloria Ridge


Elroy & Kathryn Schulze


Henry & Tena Burress


Any students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for a Fall 2023 Burress Injury Law Scholarship:

  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You have a demonstrated record of community or volunteer service.
  • You are enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited U.S. college or university for the 2023 academic year.
    High school graduates may apply if you are enrolled in college for the semester immediately following the application deadline.

Application Instructions

If you are interested in applying, please write an essay of 500 words or less (submissions of over 500 words will not be considered) in response to the prompt to the right:

If you are so fortunate to have a Grandparent who is or was important in your life, we would love to hear about your relationship with your Grandparent in your response, including meaningful ways they have helped you and you have helped them.

Along with your essay, please submit your contact information, a professional photograph of yourself, and proof of your college enrollment. All materials should be submitted using the form below.

The deadline for consideration for a Fall 2023 scholarship is June 6, 2023. Only one submission per applicant is permitted.


Essay Prompt

Describe a challenge or trying time in your life through which you persevered, and how the experience helped shape your future.

Selection Criteria

A committee will review all applications and make the final selections of three recipients for Fall 2023 based on these criteria:

Demonstrated passion for standing up to adversity in your life and career

Originality and thoughtfulness of your essay response

Organization, clarity, and correctness of your writing

The Fall 2023 recipients will be notified by July 6, 2023, and their awards will be sent to the financial aid offices at their corresponding schools. Recipients agree to the use of their name, essay, and likeness on the Burress Injury Law website and our other marketing channels.

Contact Us With Your Questions

For questions about applying or general inquiries about the Burress Injury Law Underdog Scholarship program, please contact us here.

Fall 2022 Friends of the Firm Scholarship Awards

Cierra Hecht

Our fall scholarship round featured many outstanding applicants, so much so, we created two $1,000.00 Friends of the Firm scholarships. We are honored to name Ciera Hecht as one of our scholarship recipients. As a senior in high school, Ciera played in the 5A state championship volleyball game for Prosper. During the semi-finals, Ciera suffered a broken wrist. Sitting on the sidelines, she could see that her team needed her. Having wrapped her wrist, she asked her coach to put her back in the lineup. With Ciera’s help, her team won their final games and became State Champs! Ciera was also named MVP of the State Tournament. Her commitment and perseverance are why we have chosen Ciera to receive this scholarship. Ciera is now a senior and plays for Texas A&M as an outside hitter. Whoop!

Laney Bice

Our second Friends of the Firm scholarship recipient endured a silent battle, including injuries from a car crash that occurred when she was 15 years old. Burress Injury Law successfully tried Laney’s case last fall. Laney is doing great and just left home for Stephen F. Austin. She plans to become a nurse!

Fall 2022 Underdog Scholarship Awards

Cassidy Habel

Our First Burress Injury Law Underdog Scholarship for Fall 2022 in the amount of $2,500.00 is awarded to Cassidy Habel! Cassidy earned one of our four inaugural Spring 2022 scholarships. During that semester, she earned Dean’s List honors at Texas Tech University (Guns up!). This summer, she served on the firm’s scholarship committee and did a great job. Because she made the Dean’s List this spring and her continued ties with our firm, we are proud to support Cassidy with a second scholarship!

Nathan Eller

Our Second Burress Injury Law Underdog Scholarship for Fall 2022 in the amount of $2,500.00 is awarded to Nathan Eller! As a high school student, Nathan’s dream was to play college football and violin. During his junior year, however, doctors discovered a cancerous mass in his chest. Although his plans were changed, Nathan is a healthy cancer survivor and is grateful for his journey. Because of his experience, he is studying at Seattle University to become an ultrasound technologist to help others.

Kinja Bagalwa

Our third Burress Injury Law Underdog Scholarship for Fall 2022 in the amount of $2,500.00 is awarded to Kinja Bagalwa. Kinja is a University of Buffalo student who originally came to the U.S. as a Refugee from D.R. Congo. She has successfully dealt with a lifelong speech impediment about which she was teased growing up. She has turned her tough experience into a strength and now passionately helps others who face similar challenges.

Alice Skiff

Our 4th Burress Injury Law Underdog Scholarship for Fall 2022 in the amount of $2,500.00 is awarded to Alice Skiff, a University of Maine at Farmington student. Alice was diagnosed with brain cancer (medulloblastoma brain tumor under her cerebellum) as a 12 year old child, for which she underwent emergency brain surgery.

Alice endured tremendous challenges and side effects from the cancer and surgery that left her with significant side effects including trouble walking, talking, and even eating.

Through years of courageous perseverance, Alice is now able to walk, run, and even sing. She continues to view her life as “after-cancer” and strives to live her life to the fullest each day. Alice plans to major in Special Education.

Our scholarships are offered in honor of our Grandparents:

Christina’s Grandparents – Dr. Ron & Gloria Ridge, Elroy & Kathryn Schulze
Jason’s Grandparents – Wilbur “Buddy” & Jackie Morgan, Henry & Tena Burress

Spring 2022 Scholarship Awards

$5,000 Scholarship Award

Our 3rd Burress Injury Law Underdog Scholarship in the amount of $5,000.00 will be awarded to Kelan Lawson, a student who recently transferred from Arkansas to Texas Tech. Kelan is a Texas boy and the very embodiment of an underdog who works hard every day to overcome adversity. Kelan was born with Cerebral Palsy and was never supposed to walk or talk, but he has surprised everyone (but his Mother). Moreover, he has one of the best attitudes of anyone we have ever met. To quote Kelan, “I do the absolute best that I can with what I have; I won’t accept anymore or take any less.” Go out west young man and Wreck‘em Tech!

$2,500 Scholarship Award

We are proud to award our very first Burress Injury Law Underdog Scholarship in the amount of $2,500.00 to Connor Phillip Tompkins. Out of more than 200 applicants, Connor was the only student attending medical school. He is following in the footsteps of his Grandfather, a physician who spoke 4 languages. If you read his winning essay, Connor describes a situation he was in where his real-world Spanish skills were not good enough despite his formal education, and what he did to overcome his deficit. We are very proud of Connor and wish him the very best as he continues his medical training at Baylor College of Medicine.

$2,500 Scholarship Award

We are honored to award our 2nd Burress Injury Law Underdog Scholarship in the amount of $2,500.00 to Texas Tech student, Cassidy Habel. Cassidy’s essay details her struggle after enduring serious injuries from being struck by a motorcycle.

Cassidy showed tremendous perseverance in overcoming her injuries in addition to an autoimmune disorder and is thriving at Texas Tech.

Scholarship Application