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The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp is proud to offer a privately funded scholarship essay contest to help one deserving student who submits the most creative, thoughtful and well-written essay in our scholarship contest.

If you’d like to apply, read the instructions below — including the essay prompt and deadline. All students who are currently enrolled in an accredited community college, undergraduate, or graduate program in the United States are welcome to apply.

Essay Question

To enter our scholarship essay contest, answer the following question in 300-500 words:

Should all gambling be legalized now that online sports gambling is legal? Why or why not?

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

  • Students must be actively enrolled at the university with a valid student ID number and currently enrolled in classes in order to be eligible.
  • Essays must be unique (not submitted elsewhere) and written by the student.
  • Applicants must read, understand, sign and return to us the (PDF) Matt Sharp Scholarship Essay Contest Application & Rules along with your submission.
  • Applicants may only submit one essay per contest and entries must be submitted in English.

How to Apply

NOTE: Any applications that are incomplete and/or fail to follow these submission instructions will not be considered.

About Our Selection Process

To choose a winner, our judges will review all valid complete entries received by the deadline date listed above. We will select a winner up to 6 weeks after the deadline and notify the student, as well as confirm that the student is currently enrolled. Only the winner will be awarded the scholarship prize, and their essay will be published on our website. Other notable essays may also be featured on the Matt Sharp blog.

Ownership of Entries

All applications and essays submitted to The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp, along with all copyright, trademark and other proprietary rights associated with the submission, become the property of By submitting your entry and signing the application form, you acknowledge we own all rights to publish and promote the content. All entrants also agree that they consent to the use of their name, the school or university they attend, and the use of their likeness (as in a photograph).

Good luck, and may the best essay win!

Meet Criminal Defense Attorney Matt Sharp

Having attended undergrad and law school, I understand the challenges today’s students face when it comes to paying for college. With this scholarship, I hope to make it a little easier for individuals looking to further their education. Just like every defendant deserves skilled representation, I believe every student deserves the chance to pursue their dreams — regardless of their background or socioeconomic status.

Matt Sharp is a top-rated Houston attorney, specializing in defending clients against charges of DWI, sex crimes, prostitution and other criminal offenses in Texas. He graduated with his Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin, and went on to earn his Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University of Law in San Antonio. During law school, he was awarded the prestigious Pro Bono Service Award.

In addition to volunteering his legal skills to the local community in Houston, Mr. Sharp is a member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. Read bio