In April the firm announced the formation of an annual scholarship competition for graduating seniors at William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens that aims to increase awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. The $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Halie Francois of West Palm Beach at Senior Awards Night, May 9.

Francois submitted an application that captured the attention of the firm selection committee. She proposed an anti-distracted driving advertisement campaign featuring the tagline, "The greatest heartbreak." As part of the application, Francois pledged to drive distraction-free.

After graduation, Francois plans to enlist in the National Guard. She hopes to continue her education at Palm Beach State College and the University of Florida studying sports medicine, which will no doubt contribute to her career aspirations as a sports orthopedic surgeon.

The scholarship funds can be applied toward any type of continuing education and the application is open to all graduating seniors at William T. Dwyer High School. The next application period will open in March 2020.

Learn more about the "Panthers Park Your Phone" Distracted Driving Scholarship, funded by the West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers at Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin.

Pictured from left to right in the photo: William T. Dwyer High School Principal Corey Brooks; Halie Francois of West Palm Beach; Julie Littky-Rubin, partner at Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin; Hannah Rubin, William T. Dwyer High School alumna, class of 2017.