For the third year in a row, the Champaign-Urbana personal injury lawyers of Koester & Bradley, LLP are excited to announce a new initiative to give back to the community and further the dialog and education of the general public on the importance of personal injury and malpractice law.  Koester & Bradley will offer three scholarships to ambitious and engaged high school seniors, and college and law students who submit winning essays in our annual Personal Injury Essay Scholarship Contest.  At Koester & Bradley, we believe that the american consumer base is generally ill-informed about the dangerous activities undertaken by insurance companies, and we want our future leaders to be educated and prepared. 

The area of personal injury law is wide-reaching and often misunderstood.  Koester & Bradley is a different kind of injury law firm in that we focus on education and empowerment.  In keeping with our core values and principals, we are inviting essays in the following areas:

  • Personal Injury Generally
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Tort Reform
  • The Supreme Court Selection Process
  • Insurance Company Misconduct

The best essays will be educational and geared toward informing the general public.  As such, personal experiences and struggles relating to the topic areas.  Our goal is to both support the next generation potential civil litigation attorneys but also to raise awareness about important injury law issues.

Please read the rules and timeline for the scholarship below, and be sure to mark your calendars for the deadlines. 

Timeline and Rules

Essay submissions open: June 1, 2018
Essay submissions close: July 31, 2018
Announcement of Winners: August 31, 2018

There will be three scholarships awarded to winning essays in the amounts of:

  • First Prize $1,000
  • Runner Up $250
  • Runner Up $250

Each winner of this essay contest will be awarded a check from the law firm of Koester & Bradley, LLP. The check will be made out to your registered school. These funds must be used to pay for school tuition and / or school-related expenses.

Eligibility To be eligible for an award in our essay contest, you must be:

  • 18 years old or older
  • Be a U.S. citizen and permanent resident of the State of Illinois
  • A current high school senior registered at an Illinois high school; or
  • A current student enrolled at an Illinois college or law school

Additionally, you must:

  • Verify you have read and understand the Koester & Bradley, LLP Scholarship Essay Contest Rules by submitting a signed and scanned copy of our downloadable Application Form.
  • Submit a readable copy of your essay (only one essay per student is allowed).
  • Submit a digital photo (.jpg) of yourself.

Please send your application form, essay and photo by email to by the deadline of July 31, 2018.

Please use “Scholarship Essay Contest” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Essay Length / Limit: The essay must be no fewer than 750 and no more than 1,500 words long.  Again, only one essay per student is allowed to be entered.

Essay Content: The essay you write must focus on one of the topics above.

Your essay should: 

  • Describe any personal experiences you have with the topic areas.  This can include friends and loved ones. 
  • Recommend/Suggest ways that can be taken to improve the present situations.
  • Please cite any statistics, surveys, studies or news stories that support your points.

Selection Process: All application forms, essays and photos must be submitted to by the deadline of July 31, 2018.

The essays will then be judged by Koester & Bradley. The judging will be based on accuracy, grammar, style and originality. Judges will look for clear, original essays that are logically organized and well-supported.

The judges will select the top three essays based on the above criteria.

We will notify all three winners of their selection on September 15, 2018. On that same date, a page will go live on and our social media channels which displays the essays written by our top three prize winners should the winners wish to be announced publicly.