Menzer Law Firm’s 2021 Support the Maui Community Scholarship
The cost of going to college isn’t what it used to be. It isn’t even comparable.
According to the American Institution for Economic Research, college tuition and fees have grown exponentially since 1980 while wages have modestly increased. The College Board found average tuition and fees tripled at four-year institutions from 1989-90 to 2019-20, and costs are slightly higher for 2020-21.
Your grandparents might have worked to pay their way through college. Maybe even your parents. But that isn’t a good option now. More often than not, students like you rely on family savings and federal and private loans. While it’s good to be able to borrow money for your higher education, paying back loans after you graduate with compounding interest is challenging.
We Value Education & Understand the Financial Struggle
To become a practicing lawyer, you have to go to law school and graduate with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree. And that’s after completing a bachelor’s degree. It’s impossible to be an attorney and not see the value in higher education. We wouldn’t be able to do what we love without it.
We also understand the mounting student debt crisis. As of 2020, U.S. student loan borrowers owe $1.7 trillion in debt, and the average student loan debt for individuals between 25 and 34 years old is $33,817.56. That average increases for older borrowers.
Many college graduates must carry significant student loan debt for years. At Menzer Law Firm, we can empathize with the tough decisions you have to make, including when to take on debt or give up an educational opportunity. That’s why we want to do our part to help students from Maui.
Our Support the Maui Community Scholarship
We want to provide students with scholarships to help with tuition and fees. Our goal is to help more students be able to make their educational dreams a reality. In 2021, we’re offering $10,000 in scholarship funds to be split evenly between five Maui students. We will also make $1,000 donations to each of the non-profits where our students scholarship recipients volunteered.
Recipients will be current or prospective higher education students who’ve volunteered with non-profits on Maui in 2019, 2020, or 2021.
Menzer Law Firm will pay the scholarship directly to the recipient’s institution, whether it’s an accredited university, college, or trade school.
Scholarship Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for our Support the Maui Community Scholarship, you must:
- Be a high school senior or current freshman or sophomore undergraduate;
- Be attending or have accepted an offer to attend a community college, college, university, or trade school in fall 2021;
- Have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher; and
- Have volunteered at a Hawaii 501c(3) non-profit in 2019, ’20, or ’21.
How to Apply
The deadline line to apply for our Support the Maui Community Scholarship is May 31, 2021.
Complete the application form to provide us with your academic and volunteer history. You’ll have to send us an official high school or undergraduate transcript. If you’re a high school senior, give us a copy of your acceptance letter from an accredited institution.
We’re asking that you write a short essay describing your volunteer experience. It should focus on how the experience impacted your values or pursuit of higher education, and how you and the organization you volunteered with supported the Maui community. It can be up to three pages long, and further instructions are available on the application form.
Please email us your materials at [email protected] in PDF format only.
You can email us at the same address if you have any questions. Please don’t call the office with scholarship questions.
Menzer Law Firm will notify our scholarship winners in July 2021. We’ll transfer funds to their institutions for the fall 2021 semester.
A Quick Overview
By May 31, 2021, you must send us in PDF format:
- A completed application form
- An official high school or college transcript
- A college, university, or trade school acceptance letter
- A one-to-three-page typed essay
About Menzer Law Firm in Maui
Matt Menzer founded Menzer Law Firm in 2002 with its main office in Seattle, Washington. But Matt has a close connection with Hawaii, stretching back to 1990 when he was a judicial law clerk for a federal judge in Honolulu, and then worked as an attorney with the Maui law firm of Lowenthal August & Graham in the early ‘90s. Given his love of the state, Matt continued to represent clients on Maui and all the neighbor islands for the last 30 years. In January 2020, Matt opened a second location of Menzer Law Firm in Wailuku so that he and his team could serve the community here.
Matt, JohnDavid Toren, Brady Douglas, Will Troy, and Ashley Hutchinson fight hard for the people of Hawaii who are injured in preventable accidents. They take on serious personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice cases, no matter how complicated.