1st Annual Scholarship Winner

We would like to congratulate Julia Krueger for winning the Mapes Law Offices Scholarship, a $1,000 award.

julia-kruegerJulia is attending Loyola University Chicago and is pursuing a major in chemistry and a minor in German.

In her essay “All Aloan: My Childhood Struggle With Debt”, Julia poignantly described her own childhood conflicts with debt, growing up in a family that was living paycheck to paycheck, and how that made her into the person she is today. She wisely stated that, while she wanted to go to college, she didn’t want to take on the monstrous loans that were being offered to her. She clearly saw that while accepting loans might be the easy way out right now, the future could be wrought with debt and fear over how to pay that debt off. She knowingly stated, “I’ve experienced the effects of overwhelming debt firsthand, and the last thing I want is to live through it again. I know that anything I can do to minimize my debt now will pay off in the future, and I’m committed to working hard and taking out the bare minimum of loans. Debt is a stressful, insidious thing, and I don’t want it to be the deciding factor in my future.” With a good head on her shoulders, applying for scholarships, and a little help from Mapes Law Offices, we know that Julia will successfully graduate college without financial headaches and stress.

At Mapes Law Offices, we value education highly, but we don’t want students to be buried under a mountain of debt when they finish. That just isn’t the way to start their lives after graduating from college. They should be following their passions, not looking for jobs just to make their monthly payments. That’s why we created the Mapes Law Offices Scholarship, to help in any way that we can. We hope that this award will help Julia, and others like her in future years, to take hold of their educations, without worrying about the financial aftermath.