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2016 Annual Scholarship Contest

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The 2016 Scholarship is now closed, information about the winners can be found here.

Baker & Gilchrist is pleased to offer scholarships to deserving students who are interested in shedding light on the dangers of medical errors and proposing potentially lifesaving solutions. As dedicated Indiana medical malpractice attorneys, we are committed to serving the community and protecting patients from harm. Our firm is launching this Scholarship Essay Contest to encourage bright and thoughtful young people from across the United States to share their ideas on improving safety in our health care system.

Remember: The ideas you share today could save lives in the future.

Who Can Apply to This Scholarship?

We invite students throughout Indiana and across the United States to submit an essay or video in this scholarship competition. The contest is open to:

  • High school seniors who are planning to attend college
  • Community college students
  • Students in other types of medical or nursing programs
  • Undergraduate college students
  • Graduate students

Unfortunately, international students, those who are not U.S. citizens, and residents of U.S. territories are not eligible. Employees of Baker & Gilchrist and their immediate family members are also not eligible.

What Will You Talk About?

Preventable medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Claiming more than 250,000 lives per year, medical errors rank just below heart disease and cancer as a leading cause of death in the U.S.

In an essay of 350 words or more or a video, please describe an idea to help combat this serious problem. You may consider writing about:

  • A specific medical error that could be prevented
  • Actions that can be taken by medical professionals to prevent medical errors
  • Large-scale changes to the health care system

What Is the Deadline for Entries?

The deadline to submit your entry for the Baker & Gilchrist Scholarship Contest is November 30, 2016.

Winners will be announced December 15, 2016.

Application Requirements

Your scholarship application should include:

  • Your essay as a Word document (in .doc or .docx format) or video (in .avi or .mp4 format)
  • A digital photo of yourself (in .jpg or .png format)
  • A copy of your school transcript or proof of enrollment
  • The cover sheet with:
    • Your name, address, and contact phone number
    • A short bio (just two or three sentences) describing yourself
    • The name and address of your school
    • A signature of a parent or guardian (if you are younger than 18)

Please email your application materials to

What Could You Win?


First Prize

  • $1250

Second Prize

  • $750

Third Prize

  • $500

Baker & Gilchrist will recognize the winners publicly by sharing their essays or videos and photos on the firm’s website and social media channels. Winners will receive a check for the designated amount, to be applied toward tuition, books, or other school expenses.

What Are the Judges Looking For?

No matter what angle you choose to take in your submission, our judges are looking for original ideas and thoughtful solutions related to the medical error problems in the United States. We will also be taking into consideration whether your submission is:

  • Based on solid research and facts
  • Structured in a way that is easy to understand
  • Grammatically correct

What Else Do You Need to Know?

  • We are looking for original ideas from young thought leaders. Plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.
  • By entering this contest, you grant Baker & Gilchrist the right to use your essay or video, name, and photo for marketing purposes related to the firm’s scholarship program.
  • Scholarship winners are responsible for any applicable taxes on prize amounts.