The Johnson Jackson Courage to Grow Scholarship

Shortly after the firm opened in 2017, the Johnson Jackson team came together to develop the firm values that have come to define the firm’s culture and the firm’s commitment to its clients, its community, and each other. These values are teamwork, innovation, growth, excellence, and courage.

Consistent with these values, Johnson Jackson believes it is important to support future attorneys who have demonstrated courage by overcoming adversity in their pursuit of an education in the law. That adversity may stem from a lack of resources, the absence of family support, membership in a historically underrepresented group, the existence of competing responsibilities, personal health challenges, or any other similar hurdle that the applicant has had to overcome to pursue excellence.

To support the professional growth of law students who aspire to overcome such challenges, Johnson Jackson will award a $5,000 scholarship each academic year to a law student who identifies as being from a historically underrepresented background in the legal profession (including first generation college graduates) and/or demonstrated the courage to overcome significant obstacles in order to pursue a legal education.

Deadline August 1, 2023


  • Must attend an ABA-Accredited law school.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
  • Must begin their second year of law school in August of 2023. The scholarship funds will be available with proof of attendance during the first semester/quarter.
  • Must demonstrate experience and/or interest in practicing management-side employment law.
  • Must intend to practice law in Tampa, Florida after graduation from law school.
  • Must not have received a diversity scholarship from any other law firm.

To apply:

  • Complete the application HERE.
  • Please include your resume, official law school transcript, and a personal statement.
  • Submit Resume, Transcript, and Personal Statement via email to

Qualities of a Strong Personal Statement:

The personal statement must include an:

  • Introduction—tell us a little about yourself.
  • Explanation of why you believe you should receive this scholarship.
  • Example of a situation where you successfully demonstrated 1 or more of the 5 firm values-- teamwork, innovation, growth, excellence, and courage.

If applicable, your personal statement should also include any honors and awards received, demonstrate commitment to the legal profession (and management-side employment law in particular), and any additional activities related to your professional or community service.

The personal statement should be 1-3 pages.

What happens next:

After the deadline has passed, we will carefully review each application.

The recipient will be announced by September 30, 2023.  


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