On October 3, 2020, a remarkable young man was alive, well, and living life to the fullest. As a U.S. Naval officer, Ensign Samuel Cleghorn looked forward to a bright career ahead of him. “Sam was the epitome of a person of high character, a young man I have known since he was a kid,” said John Fisher, founder and owner of the John H. Fisher law firm. But in the blink of an eye, Sam’s life was ended by a drunk driver.

In honor of Sam and the more than 10,000 individuals who have lost their lives every year due to drunk driving, John Fisher has established ‘The Sam’s Legacy – Fighting to End Drunk Driving – Scholarship’ to prevent drunk driving.

The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to the applicant who writes the best 500-750 word essay promoting innovative and effective educational, legislative and enforcement programs that help all drivers understand the risks of driving drunk and how to make responsible decisions that ensure their safety as well as the safety of others on the road.


To be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must be currently enrolled in an academic program. This includes current high school seniors and college students with plans to continue their education in the fall of 2023. Applicants must also have a 3.0 or higher GPA.


To be considered, an application for this scholarship must include:

  • A school resume
  • A recent transcript
  • A 500-750 word article with thoughtful ideas promoting innovative and effective educational, legislative and enforcement programs to prevent drunk driving.


The deadline to apply for this scholarship is 9:00 AM EST on September 1, 2023.

To be considered for this scholarship, fill out the application form below and upload your resume, school transcript, and essay. All submission documents must be in a readable format, preferably in PDF. If you have any questions, please email jfisherscholarships@gmail.com.

We appreciate your interest in the 2023 Sam’s Legacy – Fighting to End Drunk Driving – Scholarship.

* Applicants agree to allow John H. Fisher to use all or part of their essays in an effort to promote the Sam’s Legacy Scholarship.


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