The winners of our 2015 2nd Annual Teen Safety Scholarship have been announced!

Congratulations to:

1st place – Catherine McNiell

2nd place – Coral Van Dyne

3rd place – Katelyn Dinh

Attention Young Oklahomans! Write an Essay about OK’s new Texting while Driving Ban, and Win a $2,500 College Scholarship!

Texting and driving poses a serious safety hazard for young drivers in Oklahoma. To spread the message about the dangers of texting and driving, Burch, George & Germany is sponsoring the second annual Teen Safety Scholarship contest.

Scholarships in Oklahoma

Our law firm will award three scholarships to high school juniors and seniors and students of 4-year and 2-year colleges and universities who write a 600+ word essay answering one of our prompts about the ban on texting and driving. Here’s how to enter:

Choose one of the following questions to answer with a 600+ word essay:

  • In what ways will the ban on texting and driving improve the community?
  • How will you bring awareness to the new texting while driving ban?

Send us an email to and include:

  • Your essay in a Word Doc, Docx, or PDF format
  • A digital headshot (.jpg or .png)
  • Your full name, school, and phone number

Oklahoma’s Ban on Texting while Driving

Sending text messages takes drivers’ eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel and their mind off the task of driving and remaining alert for oncoming traffic. Beginning November 1st, 2015, Oklahoma’s ban on texting while driving is in effect. This ban means that if you are caught texting behind the wheel, you will face a $100 fine. However, the consequences of texting and driving surpass any monetary fine and could be deadly. What can we do in Oklahoma to spread awareness about the ban and the good it will do for our community? We’re confident our young drivers have some creative ideas.

To enter the contest, you’ll need to send an essay answering a question about the new texting while driving ban in Oklahoma. We’re seeking clever essays that offer a fresh take on the dangers of texting and driving. The tone can be light-hearted or serious, as long as it’s original. Also include a digital photo of yourself while applying.

The deadline for submitting entries is 11:59 p.m. CST Dec. 1, 2015.

We wish you the best of luck and look forward to receiving your Oklahoma scholarship college education contest entries.

As a law firm active in all 77 counties in Oklahoma, Burch, George & Germany is dedicated to making our state a safer place to live and raise families. We recognize that our young people are our communities’ most precious resource. We are committed to helping young Oklahoma students receive a college education to pursue their career goals.

Burch, George & Germany will provide the following awards to winners of our Scholarship contest. First, second and third place winners will be determined by a review committee.

First Place — $2,500
Second Place — $1,000
Third Place — $500

The cash prizes will be awarded as a check from the law firm of Burch, George & Germany and must be used to pay for college tuition and education-related expenses.

You must have submitted a complete entry package by 11:59 p.m. CST December 1, 2015.

All submissions become the property of Burch, George & Germany to distribute and reproduce at its discretion.

The entrants agree that Burch George & Germany will have the right to use their image and essay for marketing purposes.

The contest is open to juniors and seniors in high school in Oklahoma and students of 2-year or 4-year colleges and universities in Oklahoma.

Applicants will send the essay in Word Doc, Docx, or PDF format along with their headshot (.jpg or .png) and name, school, and phone number to

By entering the contest, you agree that you have read and understand the Burch, George & Germany Teen Safety Scholarship Contest rules. You also agree that you are 18 years of age or older or have parental consent.

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General Rules
Students will submit an original essay of approximately 600 words.

The contest is open to high school juniors and seniors and students currently enrolled in 2-year or 4-year colleges, universities and technical colleges in Oklahoma. Students who are 17 years or younger will need to provide parental consent to enter.

Each student contestant should submit an essay as a Word document (doc, docx) or PDF, along with a digital photo (jpg or png) of yourself and your name, school and phone number.

Email the essay and requested information to

Three winning essays will be selected based on creativity and originality of the essay. Plagiarism will result in disqualification.

The deadline for entering the essay contest is December 1, 2015.

Depending on the volume of responses, Burch, George & Germany may impose a cutoff at which time we will stop accepting additional applications. If you are interested in taking part, you should enter the contest as soon as possible.

The winners shall receive awards of $2,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. The number of prizes may be changed at the sole discretion of the judges.

By accepting a prize, the winners grant Burch, George & Germany the right to edit, publish, display, distribute and otherwise make use of the essay in connection with this contest and to use their names and biographical information for marketing purposes.

All applicable federal, state and local taxes on prizes will be the sole responsibility of the award recipients.

The winners will be announced on December 15, 2015.

Decisions of the judges are final.

By voluntarily submitting identifiable information to our email address, you are providing Burch, George & Germany with your name, phone number and email address for the sole purpose of entering the essay contest. We will not use the information for any other purpose that what has been stated.

By taking part in this essay contest, contestants agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Burch, George & Germany, its managers, members, directors, officers, and employees from and against any and all liability and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees associated with taking part in this contest or the acceptance, use or of prizes. Under no circumstances shall Burch, George & Germany, its directors, officers and employees, be liable to the contestant for indirect, punitive, special or consequential damages.

Employees of Burch, George & Germany, their board of directors and immediate families are not eligible to enter this essay contest.

For questions about the Burch, George & Germany Teen Safety Scholarship contest, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.