As a law firm that serves Minnesotans in a variety of different legal matters, we value the importance of hard work. For this reason and to give back to those pursuing incredible academic aspirations, we created the Strong Work Ethic Scholarship. To learn more, please visit our scholarship page and read about our past winners.
2023 Scholarship Winner: Elijah Penix
Elijah Penix, a.k.a. Elijah Logan, is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Columbus, Ohio. He is a performer in every sense of the word and is his most comfortable and authentic self when on stage. While that claim might not sound unique, it’s all the more compelling for Elijah, who, at age 3, was diagnosed with Autism.
Like any musician, Elijah has big aspirations and is undeterred in chasing after them. However, he also has a dual purpose – to use his talent and voice to encourage others, especially those who might be labeled with a diagnosis or disability. He is also doing that by studying to be an American Sign Language Interpreter at Columbus State Community College. His message is as straightforward as his music – be yourself, be determined without limitations, and invite others in to see who you will become.
Reaction Statement: “Wow, what a blessing. This scholarship is a gift. God’s got us. He’s providing the money for college through others. I’m humbled.”
2022 Scholarship Winner: Taft Foley
2021 Scholarship Winner: Samantha Salinas
Samantha is from Orange County, California. This fall she will attend the University of Redlands. She has always been passionate about human and animal rights, which led to my decision to double major in Political Science and Public Policy. She plans on working for a non-profit organization or the Government after graduating with a master’s degree.
Reaction statement: I am extremely thankful that the BK Law Group has given students an opportunity to receive scholarships. I am beyond excited to have won this particular scholarship. The past year and a half have been difficult and shocking, especially with college right around the corner. It is rewarding to receive accolades regarding my work ethic since I have been working through issues concerning the pandemic. Winning this scholarship reminds me of all of the reasons I kept going and worked even harder due to adversities.