Kaire & Heffernan Bicycle Accident Scholarship
Florida bicyclists, among others, successfully promoted the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act, soon to be signed by Governor Rick Scott. The law mandates a minimum four-year sentence for a motorist leaving the scene of an accident where death occurred. Bicyclist Aaron Cohen was killed, and another bicyclist seriously injured, by a hit-and-run driver in 2012.
Death or injury sustained by a bicyclist affects that person and may cast a shadow across the lives and future of family members and friends.
To raise awareness of the importance of bicycle safety, a new scholarship was announced by the law firm Kaire & Heffernan, LLC, based in Miami. The Kaire & Heffernan Bicycle Accident Scholarship was created to support a student who either personally suffered injury in a bicycle accident, or witnessed the post-accident experience of a family member or friend, and wishes to pursue personal injury law.
The $1,000 scholarship will partially defray first-year expenses for a student who has been accepted into an accredited law school in Florida or anywhere in the United States for enrollment in the fall of 2014.
“The impact of a bicycle accident involves loss of property, physical and emotional recovery, and loss of income,” said Mark Kaire, founder of Kaire & Heffernan, LLC. “As avid cyclists, David Heffernan and I are keenly aware of the benefits and dangers of bicycling. By promoting awareness of legal recourse for victims of bicycle accidents among students who are interested in personal injury law, we hope to enlist others in an effort to promote bicycle safety, whether for transportation or recreation,” he added.
Applicants must submit the following by August 10, 2014:
- A completed Scholarship Application Form
- One to three (1-3) page typed essay, including how the applicant encountered a bicycle accident, either personally or through the experience of a family member or friend;
- An official and complete copy of undergraduate transcripts, with minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA;
- An acceptance letter from an accredited law school within the United States for Fall 2014;
- Proof of legal residency in the United States (i.e., birth certificate, passport, permanent resident card, etc.).
- The Kaire & Heffernan Bicycle Accident Scholarship is to be used exclusively for law school tuition and related expenses.
- A check for $1,000 will be made payable to the award recipient’s law school to cover these expenses.
- Recipient is expected to submit receipts in accordance with IRS regulations.
Scholarship applications may be mailed to Mark Kaire
Kaire & Heffernan, LLC
80 SW 8th Street, #1710
Miami, FL 33130
or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline is August 10, 2014 and the award will be announced on or about August 31, 2014.