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Pay It Foward Scholarship

The deadline to apply for our award is January 3, 2024 by 11:59PM.

To contact our scholarship team, send an email ereh

Applications Now Open

Community involvement has been a pillar of Vito & Dollenmaier Law since the firm opened its doors. Our team of Schaumburg personal injury lawyers believes in paying it forward through volunteer work as well as charitable donations. Established in the Spring of 2023, the Vito & Dollenmaier Law Pay it Forward Scholarship provides $1,000 each semester to a college student who has a need for financial assistance.

By supporting high-achieving, compassionate students through this funding opportunity, we aim to continue making positive contributions to our communities. Investing in our youth is one of the many ways we hope to pay it forward.

Winners of the Vito & Dollenmaier Law Pay it Forward Scholarship will receive a check for $1,000 to be used toward tuition and other expenses associated with their undergraduate studies.

Qualifying for Our Award

Before applying for our scholarship, please make sure you meet all qualifications listed below:

You have a need for financial assistance, with an annual family income of less than $75,000
You are (or will be) enrolled in an accredited college or university within the United States and pursuing a degree as an undergraduate student for Spring 2024
You are a citizen or permanent resident of one of the 50 United States

Applying for Award

To apply for our scholarship award, students must submit an essay as a .docx or PDF file. The essay should be approximately 250 words, and it should answer the following prompt in a thoughtful and organized manner:

Essay Prompt

What does “paying it forward” mean to you?

Additionally, using the application form toward the bottom of this page, please submit your contact information, (unofficial) academic transcript, proof of enrollment, and a copy of your FAFSA.

Selecting Our Winners

After the deadline passes, we will take approximately four weeks to review all applications adequately. When determining the best candidate for our award, we will consider the following criteria:


How well the applicant fits the requirements


The applicant’s ability to write a compelling essay


Overall organization and creativity of the essay


Katelynn Torres

Fall 2023 Winner: Katelynn Torres

Vito & Dollenmaier Law is thrilled to name Katelynn Torres as the first-ever recipient of our Pay it Forward Scholarship contest. Katelynn is going into her fourth year of college at Harper College. While at school, Katelynn plans to earn a second associate's degree and a certificate as a paralegal.

Contacting Our Team

If you have questions or wish to contact our team regarding the scholarship program, please send emails ereh.

Our scholarship team is available to answer your questions during working hours Monday through Friday. To avoid any last-minute technical issues, we strongly urge you to apply early.

Scholarship Application

The Vito & Dollenmaier Law Pay it Forward Scholarship is managed through the OVC Scholarship Network.

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