McCoy & Hiestand Attorneys at Law

At McCoy, Hiestand & Smith, PLC, we are as committed to serving our community as we are to serving our clients, and we believe in the importance of giving back to make Kentucky a better place to live and work. We strive to do our best to lend a needed hand in the community as often as we are able to, and strive to empower the future leaders of our home.

One of the great joys we find in our work is the ability to serve in a capacity that helps others, especially those who are not in the position to be able to help themselves. We hold the belief that anyone who has faced a difficult time period and striven to persevere deserves recognition.

We are proud to announce the McCoy, Hiestand & Smith, PLC Better Chance Scholarship, which will be awarded to a student who has grown by overcoming adversity and who we feel deserves a chance to use their experience to help forge a better future.

This scholarship will be awarded to the student who in a personal essay best describes a time in their life in which they had faced adversity and overcame it, or a time in which they had offered a helping hand to others and what that experience meant to them. The scholarship will award $500 to the winning student.

Essays should be approximately 750 words in Times New Roman 12-point font, and must be proofread to avoid any grammatical errors. Additionally, applicants need to submit an updated resume and have a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited college or university.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • The Better Chance scholarship is open to apply to for any student who is currently enrolled in an accredited community college, undergraduate, or graduate program in the United States. Students who are currently incoming first-year college students and have graduated from high school or possesses a GED may also apply.
  • Any eligible candidates must be in good academic standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

Application Requirements

  • Your updated resume, pertinent contact information, and status as a student.
  • A 750 word essay that provides a thoughtful description of a time in your life in which you overcame adversity.
  • Your current transcript, unofficial, from your school (NOTE: for first-year college students, submit an unofficial transcript from your most recent school as well as one from your current post-secondary institution).

Application Deadline and Instructions

In order to be eligible, scholarship applicants must submit their full application (essay, transcript, and resume) by email to The official deadline for all application materials is June 1, 2017.

Subject Line: Name of the Applicant — Name of the Scholarship
Attachments: Essay, Transcript, and Resume

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