The McKenzie Law Firm Legacy Planning Scholarship

The McKenzie Law firm is pleased to announce our first scholarship award for students who seek to further their educational goals.  Education costs have risen over the years and often the burden to pay these costs are too high for students alone.  As an estate planning lawyer Dan McKenzie has seen what can happen when individuals do not plan ahead.   The McKenzie firm has found that planning for these costs often comes from advanced future planning on the part of the students’ parents.  The Legacy Planning Scholarship seeks to bring awareness to students about advanced financial planning and fiscal responsibility.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Student must be enrolled in a post High School Education
  • Preference will be given to Veterans

Application Process

  • Only emailed submissions will be considered.
  • Only Word or PDF attachments will be opened.
  • Proof of attendance or acceptance at a certified school.
  • Proof of a minimum 3.0 GPA from the school you currently attend or most recently attended (copy of official transcript is sufficient).

Candidates must submit an original essay based on the following:

Imagine that you are 80 years old and you are only now planning your will.  What would you want your legacy to be? Write a letter from your ideal future self to your current self, explaining what you will accomplish over the next 10 years, how you will accomplish it, and what the continuing impact of those accomplishments will be after you are gone.

Submissions will be evaluated based on thoughtfulness, as evidenced by the originality of your goals, the level of consideration given to how you will accomplish them, and how realistic they appear to be. Don’t assume that a general desire to save the world or cure cancer is more impressive than a plan to provide for a certain family member if the plan to provide for the family member has clearly been carefully thought through and can realistically be achieved.

There is no minimum or maximum length requirement, but we expect that the winning essay will fall somewhere between 750 and 1,500 words.

Scholarship Award: $1,000

The Legacy Planning Scholarship will be awarded to a student based on his or her application


  • All Applications must be received by email on or before November 29th, 2015.
  • The Scholarship winners essay will be posted on the website and the winner will be notified via email.

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