Parnall Law Scholarship Opportunity

The Parnall Law Office is proud to offer the 2024 Scholarship Program which is designed to help interested high school (upon graduation from high school) students in New Mexico to attend an institution of higher education, while also bringing to attention to the dangers of distracted driving. $5000 in prizes will be awarded to the top 3 applicants.

Attorney Bert Parnall sits down with KRQE News 13 to discuss the scholarship program.

Essay Topic

Create a “Distracted Driving Family Plan” within which you address the safety of your family by proactively committing to a plan that avoids the occurrence(s) of distracted driving by you and the members of your family.

Your essay should encompass the concept of Distracted Driving by formulating a plan for you and your family to commit to, with respect to addressing this troubling trend on our roads, including:

  • Explain what distracted driving is. (For example, is it just texting, talking on the phone, or is it more than that?)
  • Tell us about any time that you have personally experienced distracted driving. (Do you text or talk on a cell phone while driving or do your friends and family members? What do you do if you are with someone who is driving while distracted? How has distracted driving affected you, a loved one, or your peers?)
  • What suggestions would you make to encourage your family to avoid distracted driving?
  • Do you believe that smartphone technology is helpful or destructive (or both) for teen drivers?
  • How has a personal injury caused by distracted driving affected you or a loved one?
  • Please give examples of any surveys, studies, statistics, or stories in the news that support your points.

Distracted Driving Quick Facts

  • Talking and texting while driving cause over 300,000 injuries every year.
  • Drunk and distracted driving cause nearly half of all deaths on the road.
  • Cell phone distractions cause 2,600 deaths every year.


  • First Place Prize: $2,500
  • Second Place Prize: $1,500
  • Third Place Prize: $1,000


  1. The scholarship contest is open to high school students in New Mexico.
  2. Students must be US residents.
  3. Entries must be submitted to via the form below by May 31st, 2024.
  4. Entries are to be judged by the offices of Parnall Law Firm and will be judged on originality and caliber of response. Judges’ decisions are final.
  5. Awards will be made directly to scholarship programs of winning students. Awards to be presented in mid-summer 2024.

The 2023 Winners were:

2023 Scholarships Winners

  1. Mary Sullivan
  2. Sofia Meneses Ortega
  3. Madeline O’Neill

Thank you to all applicants!

Submit your Essay Here
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