**Update: This scholarship has closed and a winner has been selected. Submissions are no longer accepted.

Visit our 2023 scholarship/award page for the currently available scholarship.


*To be eligible for consideration, all submissions for the Ward & Ward Autonomous Car Accident 2022 Scholarship Award must be received by our office before midnight (12:00 am) November 16, 2022.

Autonomous Car Accident Attorneys 2022 Scholarship Award

Autonomous car accident attorneys, Charles P. Ward and Donald W. Ward, of Ward & Ward Law Firm are offering a $1,000 scholarship award to a single student.

Submission Deadline

Submissions will be accepted until November 15, 2022 and the winner will be notified by email on or before December 30, 2022.


  • Student must be enrolled in a 2 or 4-year accredited university or college.
  • Family members of Ward & Ward Law Firm employees are not eligible.

Application Guidelines

The application guidelines are as follows:

  • Applicants must submit a 500+ word composition in response to the prompt below.
  • Download the scholarship award application. [Download Here]
  • Complete and sign the Scholarship Award Application.
  • Email your completed Scholarship Award Application along with your essay to  CPW@wardlawfirm.com . Emailed applications should contain the subject: “Ward & Ward Law Firm 2022 Scholarship.”
  • Paper applications and essays can be mailed to:

Ward and Ward Law Firm 2022 Scholarship Award
728 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN   46225

  • Essays must be received by November 15, 2022. Essays received after the deadline will not be accepted.
  • After the application deadline, compositions will be reviewed and judged based on the following criteria:
    • Responsiveness to the question
    • Style, grammar, and accuracy
    • Originality and thoughtfulness
    • The persuasive nature of the arguments presented
    • Use of proper footnoting and citations


The following is a fictional account of an accident caused by a self-driving vehicle.

After dinner out and a few too many drinks, an accident occurs after the owner of an autonomous vehicle (Driver A) selects  autonomous mode and takes a rear passenger seat for the drive home.

The other driver (Driver B) suffers serious, life-threatening injuries after Driver A’s self-driving vehicle fails to slow while approaching a stop sign, rear-ending Driver B’s stopped vehicle at full speed.

Driver B is air-lifted to a trauma center and faces a lifetime of medical bills and surgeries.

Who should be held responsible for Driver B’s injuries caused by Driver A? 

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