The cost of obtaining a college education has grown rapidly over the past few decades, making it more and more difficult for many people to realize their educational goals. As an attorney, Ronald D. Weiss understands the value of higher education, as well as the tremendous investment of time and money involved in obtaining a higher education. In an effort to help a new generation of college students meet their educational costs, Mr. Weiss is pleased to announce that he is offering incoming and existing college students an opportunity to win a $2,500 college scholarship. The scholarship is based on an essay contest where the contestants take a position on a relevant topic dealing with bankruptcy, foreclosure and/or debtor-creditor law. Every year the essay topic will change. Details on eligibility and the application process can be found below.
In order to be eligible to apply for the scholarship, applicants must fit the following criteria:
Submissions should be in Microsoft Word and should be under 1,500. words and emailed to [email protected]
The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2021. (Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic we have extended the deadline from March 15, 2021 to May 15, 2021).
This Year’s Topic: “The CARES Act, passed by Congress and signed by the President at the end of March 2020, included changes to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code which were intended to help deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. One of the major changes was the temporary expansion of the use of subchapter 5 of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, which was already part of the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019, by vastly raising the debt cap to $7.5 million, thereby expanding the applicability of a statue which was passed to make the reorganization of small businesses more expeditious, efficient and affordable. The most innovative change in subchapter 5 is having a businessman, rather than attorneys from the United States Trustee’s Office, operate as the trustee over the Subchapter 5 Chapter 11 case. Please discuss if this change with the trustee can help with the goals of expanded access and efficiency under subchapter 5?”
Thank you for participating this year. We are honored and humbled by the many promising students who have participated in the Essay Contest since we started it in 2014 and the many excellent essays that these talented students have submitted. If you do not win this year’s contest, please do not be discouraged and please try again next year. But if you are the Winner, a BIG kudos to you and a sincere Thank You for your winning submission.
The following factors will be considering in determining the winner:
All decisions are final and are subject to the discretion of Ronald D. Weiss, P.C.
We only ask that you take and forward a picture of yourself with a “big check” that we will send you that you will allow us to put in the picture gallery below of previous scholarship winners. The purpose of the gallery is to encourage additional applicants to apply next year and for us to take pride in the little bit of good we are able to pass on to promising student.
Congratulations to our 2019 scholarship winner, Dennis Howard!
Congratulations to our 2018 scholarship winner, Jody Skaggs!
Long Island attorney Ronald D. Weiss practices bankruptcy and consumer protection law throughout Long Island and the greater New York City area. His law firm Ronald D. Weiss, P.C. was formed in 1993 and concentrates in bankruptcy law, foreclosure defense, debt negotiation, mortgage modification, tenant defense and all forms of debt relief. Mr. Weiss graduated New York University School of Law in 1988 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1989. He has always valued education and still has faith that in the hands of good, caring people, the legal system can make life better for hard working, ordinary people.
Congratulations to our 2017 scholarship winner, Zachary Einsig!
Congratulations to the 2016 Scholarship Winner, Nick Plotkin!
Congratulations to the 2015 Scholarship Winner, Rebecca Chang!