May 27, 2010
OCPA SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST
TO: Paralegal Students and Working or Unemployed Paralegals
SCHOLARSHIP PURPOSE: One Scholarship, valued at $500, will be awarded to a Paralegal or
Paralegal Student for reimbursement of paralegal education, seminars, meetings,
memberships or fees for certifications (example, the CLA exam or preparation classes), or
advanced certification (example: ACP). Answers to an Essay Question will be used to
determine the Winners!
APPLICANT QUALIFICATIONS: (Besides OCPA Membership - 2 of the following 3 qualifications)
• Enrolled in Paralegal class currently or have taken 4 units applicable to a Paralegal
Certificate in the past three years.
• Work, or have held a position as a Paralegal within the past three years.
• Live, work or attend Paralegal classes in Orange County.
TO APPLY: Complete the Qualification Sheet and attach your essay answer on separate sheets
without your identifying information. While your Essay should provide truthful facts and answers, omit
details that would specifically identify you, as the contest judges are to impartially review the Essay,
not the writer. Submit your Qualification Sheet and Essay before the Due Date of July 1, 2010 to
Scholarship Chairman, at Scholarship@ocparalegal.org or via fax to Mary Lynn Norby, Scholarship
Chairman, OCPA at (949) 851-1307.
ESSAY JUDGING CRITERIA: Judges will consider equally: (1) Did the response address all of the
questions; (2) Ethical values reflected in the responses; (3) Writing and grammar skills; (4) Basic
understanding of Bus. & Prof. Code § 6450; (5) Following instructions; and (6) Quality of the
ESSAY TOPIC: (Submit a 1-to-3-page typed essay including all of the following points)
• From your own personal status (as student, employed paralegal, etc.) discuss your
educational and experience program path to be employed or advance as a paralegal.
Use examples of skills that contribu