On October 3, 2020, a special 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 know 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 as a result of 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 essay between 500-750 words 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 at least 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 2021. They must also have maintained a 3.0 or higher GPA in school/and or college.


In order 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, 2021.

To be considered for this scholarship, fill out the application form below and upload your resume, school transcript, and essay. All submissions 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 2021 Sam’s Legacy – Fighting to End Drunk Driving – Scholarship. The winner will be announced on October 3, 2021.


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