REP. John R. Lewis memorial scholarship

John Robert Lewis, (born February 21, 1940, near Troy, Alabama—died July 17, 2020, Atlanta, Georgia), American civil rights leader and politician best known for his chairmanship of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and for leading the march that was halted by police violence on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, in 1965, a landmark event in the history of the civil rights movement that became known as “Bloody Sunday.”,as%20%E2%80%9CBloody%20Sunday.%E2%80%9D

  • Eligibility.  Scholarship applicants must be members of the Orange County Paralegal Association.

  • Deadline for submissionTBD
  • Essay Guidelines

Representative Lewis said,

“Freedom is not a state, it is an act.  It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest.  Freedom is the continuous action we must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society.”

Answer the following question in 500-700 words:

    How will you use your paralegal knowledge and skills to help create a more fair and just society?

    • Submission Guidelines: 
      • Submit completed entry packet (essay and application form) as an email with attachments to by the deadline of 11:59 PM PST on TBD. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.
      • The essay should be attached as a Microsoft Word Document with the filename “LastName_FirstName OCPA essay” (Ex: “Smith_Jane OCPA essay.docx”).
      • The entry form should be filled out electronically or scanned as a PDF and saved with the filename “LastName_FirstName scholarship entry (Ex: “Smith_Jane scholarship entry.pdf”).

    If you have any questions regarding the Rep. John R. Lewis Memorial Scholarship, please contact the Scholarship Committee at

    past scholarship recipients



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