Scharps Legal Essay Competition

Scharps Legal Essay Competition

The Scharps Legal Essay Competition (please see attached) is open to juniors and seniors (or underclassmen who have that status based on credit hours) at state-operated campuses who are interested in legal issues, or are interested in pursuing a career in the legal field. The topic of this year’s essay competition is Student Rights in College Athletics.

The Scharps Award is offered in accordance with a gift accepted by the State University of New York Board of Trustees under the will of Hannah S. Hirschhorn to establish the Benjamin and David Scharps Memorial Fund.

One award of $1,500 will be presented to the student who has written the best 2,000 word essay describing the role and relevance of law in dealing with a current legal issue. A second award of $1,000 will be presented to the runner-up.

Students must submit their essays and application cover sheets to the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships by 5:00pm on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships at to request an application.


Megan Stewart, Fellowships and Scholarships Advisor

University at Buffalo


P: 716.645.9682

408 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1670