Gottesman & Hollis Annual Scholarship Contest

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving accidents claimed 3,166 lives in 2017. That’s approximately 9 people who die in a single day on average.

Statistics show that teens (16-19 years old) are almost 3 times more likely than older drivers (20 years of age and up) to get in a fatal car accident due to distracted driving. Despite knowing the inherent danger of this risky behavior, teens still choose to participate, ultimately putting themselves at a higher risk of serious injury or death.

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is “the practice of driving a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity.” In other words, it occurs when you engage in anything that takes your eyes or attention off the road. Here are some of the most common activities that fall under distracted driving:

  • Texting and driving
  • Changing the radio station
  • Eating or drinking
  • Talking on the phone
  • Talking to passengers


At Gottesman & Hollis, our experienced personal injury attorneys have seen the devastating outcomes of distracted driving. And we want to do what we can to stop it.

In an effort to reduce the number of distracted driving accidents among teens, the Nashua auto accident lawyers are offering a $1,000 scholarship to one lucky student.

Scholarship Requirements

We would like students to write a 750 word essay describing a time when they witnessed or experienced an act of distracted driving that put them in danger.

What were the potential or real-life consequences? How did that event affect you? Have you made any changes to your driving habits to prevent this from ever happening again?

Who Can Enter?

High school seniors accepted to a trade school, college, or university (graduating summer 2019) OR students that are currently enrolled in a trade school, college, or university (or enrolled to begin by the fall semester 2019).

Judging Criteria

Essays will be judged on their organization, clarity, style, and ideas.

How to Submit Your Application

Send your essay with the following information to

  • An email subject line of: Gottesman & Hollis Scholarship – Distracted Driving
  • Your name, mailing address, and phone number
  • The school you’re enrolling in or are enrolled in
  • Your area of study

What is the Deadline for Submission?

Applications must be received no later than December 31, 2019.

When Will the Winner be Notified?

The winner will be selected and notified no later than January 15, 2020.

Our 2019 Scholarship Contest Winner

Congratulations to Kaylee Druffel!