2013-2014 Burg Simpson Scholarship Competition


In an effort to teach the next generation about the importance of the jury system as the guardian of American rights and liberties, the law firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. is once again offering a scholarship competition based upon written essays. This year Burg Simpson will award a total of 10 scholarships to graduating Colorado seniors to attend the college of their choice. There will be one first place prize of $2,500 and nine other scholarships of $1,000 each.


The competition is open to any graduating Colorado senior enrolled in an accredited school.


  • Students will submit their essay to Burg Simpson no later than
    February 13, 2015.
  • Essays can be submitted two ways:
    1. Online via the form at the right.
    2. Mailed to:
      Burg Simpson Essay Competition
      40 Inverness Drive East
      Englewood, Colorado 80112
      If mailed, students must complete and submit an application form with their essay, available here or by calling 303.792.5595.


  • Winning selections will be notified on or around February 27, 2015.
  • All essays submitted become the property of Burg Simpson.
  • The decisions of the Burg Simpson selection board are final.


By entering any subsequent prize, winners agree to allow Burg Simpson the right to publish the entrant’s name, photograph images, all personal and other information (including general locations) for the purpose of Burg Simpson and the competition’s publicity, promotion, and news (including use in broadcast media, printed publications, editorial and PR activities, and online).


  • Winning essayists will be invited to attend a special reception for themselves, their families, and their teachers where their awards will be presented and their accomplishments will be recognized.
  • Winners will also appear at center court during half-time of the Colorado State Boys Basketball Championship Game on March 14, 2015.

2014-2015 ESSAY TOPIC

Write an original essay of 1,500 words or less that describes: (1) how the civil jury system in the United States is being threatened; (2) how the civil jury system protects your rights as a citizen; and (3) the importance of preserving the civil jury system for future generations.


Original Work:

  • Essays must be the original work of the student. All sources used must be properly cited and included in the bibliography.


Word Count:

  • Essays cannot be more than 1,500 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count.

Bibliography Page:

  • Students must include a properly formatted bibliography and use in-text citations for references. Consult your teachers for assistance.


  • Students must use a minimum of four sources, two of which must be from a non-internet source. Potential sources include, but are not limited to: books, magazines, periodicals, news articles, or primary source material.


  1. Content (70%)
    • Addresses the topic by showing a demonstrated understanding of the threats to the jury system, and the importance of preserving the jury system for future generations.
    • Uses critical analysis to address the topic.
    • Thoughtful, original choice for essay topic.
    • Well-researched. At least four sources properly cited with in-text citations and bibliography.
    • Convincing arguments supported with specific examples.
  2. Presentation (30%)
    • Communicates ideas clearly.
    • Well-organized.
    • Correct syntax, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
    • Written in a compelling and original manner.
    • Bibliography of four or more varied sources including two non-internet sources.
    • Thoughtfully selected, reliable sources.


  • Essay submissions for the 2014-2015 contest will be accepted starting January 1, 2015. The contest deadline is Friday, February 13th, 2015.
  • Electronic submissions using the entry form must be submitted by 11:59 PM MST on Friday, February 13th, 2015.
  • Essays submitted by mail must be postmarked or received no later than Friday, February 13th, 2015. Any submission postmarked after Friday, February 13th, 2015, will not be accepted.


  • The Burg Simpson essay competition is not open to employees of the firm or their family members.
  • The decision of the judges is FINAL and is not subject to review.
  • The prize is exclusively for the winner and is neither transferable nor exchangeable.
  • The date of the CHSAA tournament is subject to change.


For any questions, please contact Gina Clement at 303-792-5595 or email scholarship@burgsimpson.com.

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