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Padua Latino Justice Scholarship

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$2500 Annual Padua Latino Justice Scholarship Contest


The Houston accident attorneys at Law Offices of attorney Alejandro Padua understand the value of education and that obtaining higher education is the pathway to success for many young adults. We also understand the ever-increasing costs of obtaining an education in the US.

Between housing, tuition, books, and school supplies, the cost of attending college or graduate school often times is very expensive and unattainable to many. As immigrants from Mexico, law partners Alejandro Padua and Sara Padua, understand that immigrants to the United States face hurdles unlike many native-born citizens, and sometimes these hurdles can seem too difficult to overcome.

We want to invest in the next generation and believe in those that have immigrated to the US from Latin America and throughout the World to pursue their dreams and transition into the leaders of tomorrow. We are particularly encouraging applications from undocumented immigrants, DACA recipients and DREAMers, and students with pending immigrant or nonimmigrant visa applications.

Attorneys Alejandro Padua and Sara Padua are pleased to offer a $2500 scholarship to the winner of the first annual Padua Latino Justice Scholarship contest to a current law student or undergraduate student interested in pursuing a career in law. We too have been given assistance to achieve our education and career dreams, and we want to pay it forward and help a student achieve their own dreams.

2018 Scholarship Details:


Video Essay or Written Essay (you choose)



The contest involves creating a short written or video essay describing a current legal issue and a potential solution you believe is important to achieving greater justice or equality in the United States.  We want to give provide applicants with a wide range of topics, subject and direction.  We hope to see a lot of amazing opinions, creativity, originality and passion in your submissions.



What is a current legal issue and a potential solution you believe is important to achieving greater justice or equality in the United States?



Choose between a written essay format or a video essay. (mobile phone videos are acceptable)

  • A written essay should be no longer than 500 words. 
  • Please include:
    • a photo of yourself
    • a short introduction about yourself
    • where you are from
    • what school you will be attending
  • A video essay should be 1-2 minutes in length
  • Please include:
    • a photo of yourself
    • a short introduction about yourself
    • where you are from
    • what school you will be attending

Scholarship Amount & Dates

A winner will be announced on our scholarship page and notified by email or telephone by October 1, 2018.

  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Applications are due: August 15, 2018
  • Award Date: October 1, 2018

* Please note that we may be publishing the very best of the great videos or essays we are expecting on this topic! For this reason, please note that if you submit an application, you are consenting to have your essay published on our website or through other channels unless you specifically request otherwise.  We really want to share your excellent ideas with others!

Application Process

To participate in the scholarship contest, applicants must send an email with an attachment of a written essay or a link to a video essay on the topic above to scholarship@abogadosdeaccidente.com no later than August 15, 2018. For those submitting video essays, we recommend uploading your video to Vimeo or Youtube and including the URL link to such video in your email. In addition, applicants must provide the following information as part of the email application:

  • Proof of enrollment/registration or a letter of acceptance from their college or law school
  • Copy of most recent transcript
  • Full name, phone number, and the address of the institution’s financial aid office
  • Optional: Resume
  • Optional: Brief explanation of financial need for this scholarship

Selection Criteria

Once the application period closes, we will review all submissions and determine a winner based on the following factors:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • The applicant’s demonstrated potential for success in the legal field


Privacy Policy

All personal information collected from scholarship applicants will be used only for the purpose of awarding the scholarship. No personal information will be distributed, sold or provided to third parties.

Alejandro L. Padua

Alex was born in Mexico City and became a Houstonian in 1988 after his family moved to Texas. Alex earned a B.B.A. in Finance from University of Texas in Austin and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center. Alex is fully bi-cultural and bilingual which allows him to efficiently provide quality legal services to a diverse client base ranging from large foreign businesses involved in complex, cross-border commercial matters to Hispanic individuals and families who have suffered tragic losses.

Sara E. Padua

Ms. Padua received her A.B. in Psychology from Harvard University and her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law with honors. Ms. Padua, a native of Mexico City, speaks Spanish and French, is learning Arabic, and has enjoyed living in several countries, which translates into a deeper understanding and compassionate drive when advising and advocating for her diverse clients. Importantly, Sara is passionate about helping victims with humanitarian immigration and other legal matters on a pro bono basis.