Benjamin and David Scharps Legal Essay Competition

This award requires university nomination or interview and cannot be applied to directly. Students must work with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships and meet university deadlines.

Overview

The Benjamin and David Scharps Memorial Award was established in the will of Hannah S. Hirschhorn in honor of her brothers, Benjamin and David Scharps who were attorneys. The gift for the award was accepted by the SUNY Board of Trustees in 1974. The funds have been used to award juniors or seniors who are prelaw or have an interest in legal studies. As per the bequest, the prize is awarded to a student who writes the best legal essay on the subject determined by the chancellor or designee.  

First prize is $1,500, second prize is $1,000.

Deadline

To Be Announced

Eligibility Requirements

  • Junior or senior undergraduate (or underclassmen who have that status based on credit hours completed).
  • Interest in legal issues or pursuing a career in the legal field.

How to Apply

Complete application cover sheet and submit a 2,000 word essay on topic selected by SUNY. Submission must be in standard essay format. Endnotes and footnotes are acceptable. No pictures or illustrations are to be included.

Selection Process

A UB campus committee that includes faculty with legal backgrounds will select the top three essays which will then be submitted to compete at the SUNY level.

Campus Liaison

Megan Stewart

Past Award Recipients at UB

Year

Name

Award

Field(s) of Study

Hometown

2021

Timothy Allaire

Second Place

Political Science

Silver Creek, NY

2020

Timothy Allaire

Recipient

Political Science

Silver Creek, NY

2018

Joseph Wolf

Recipient

Social Science Interdisciplinary

Getzville, NY

2018

Ethan Wolfson

Second Place

English


2017

Brittany Herbert

Second Place

Social Science Interdisciplinary and African American Studies