Scholarship Essay

My name is Marley Dodd and I am a senior at Seminole High School. My dream is to go into the law field. I gained interest in this profession through a variety of things. In seventh grade, my civics class visited the Pinellas County Courthouse. We got a tour and got to sit in trials, that’s when I knew that this was what I wanted to do.

The final factor that confirmed that law was what I wanted my career to be was when my grandmother died my freshman year of mesothelioma. This was a very devastating time for me because I was very close to her. A lawyer came and spoke with us about the lawsuit related to deaths due to this disease and what would happen if we decided to participate. My mother told him about my interest in law and he talked to me about what it was like and that confirmed to me that I was making the right decision for my future. I’ve always wanted to help people. And I feel that if I become a lawyer I would be helping people; I would be trying my hardest to put people behind bars that would be considered a threat to society. I never knew exactly what I wanted to do within the law field, what I wanted to truly be and what kind of law I wanted to get into. All I knew is I didn’t want to be a public defender.

I have gotten very lucky this year and was accepted into the Executive Internship Program. Through this program, I have had the absolute privilege to intern at the State Attorney’s Office. Here, I have been able to learn what everything entails. I have gotten to read police reports, help decide if a case is worth pressing charges, fill out paperwork, listen to jail calls, watch advisories, pre-trials and actual trials and much more. This experience helped me to completely narrow down what I want to be. I would love to be a state attorney in preferably the felony side of law, but misdemeanor would work for me as well. After that, my ultimate goal is to become a judge. I am so thankful for the experiences I have had through my internship, and the ones to come as my senior year continues. This scholarship would mean a lot to me, because I am trying my hardest to go to Stetson. My first two years is going to be at SPC earning saving money by earning my AA there or my paralegal BA before transferring to Stetson. But, with Stetson being a private school, it is a lot more expensive. But it will be well worth it in order to have a great career in law.

Thank You Letter

Marly and SimoneDear Ms. Simone DeLoach,

Thank you for choosing me to be a student that receives the DeLoach, Hofstra & Cavonis PA Law Scholarship. It is so cool to have gotten something this special from someone and a place that I drive past almost every day on my daily endeavors. A place that I have grown up nearly down the street from for just over 18 years. I was beyond excited reading the email saying that I had been chosen. It made me feel like all my hard work in school over the years and how hard I have been working during my senior year with school work, college work, and my internship at the State Attorney’s Office is finally paying off. I cannot thank you enough for how much this is going to help me to achieve my goals for the future and can’t even begin to say how much this means to me.
Marley Dodd

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