Education allows people to pursue their dreams and inspires them to do great things in their lives, but the cost associated with attending a college or university puts education out of reach for many people. Daniel Berger, the founder of the Law Office of Daniel Berger and NY Disability, is a lifelong resident of New York whose recognition of the important role education played in his life motivated him to create the Law Office of Daniel Berger Public Interest Scholarship to help others achieve their dreams.

A graduate of New York University School of Law, Mr. Berger began his law career in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney. He left the district attorney’s office for a private practice in 1997 concentrating on representing the interests of disabled people seeking disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. He is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey. He is a proud member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives.

About the Scholarship

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students who pursue an undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies degree or certificate at an accredited college or university. Successful candidates for the scholarship must possess a desire to apply their talents and education toward doing good in their community by engaging in activities in service to the public interest. Preference will be given to those candidates who delayed their studies to serve in the military or pursue careers in service to the public interest.

Eligibility

The scholarship is open to students in attendance or enrolled to attend a college or university undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree program in the United States during the 2021-2022 school year. Applications are open to all students meeting the eligibility guidelines without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.

The $2,000 scholarship is a non-renewable, one-time award payable directly to the appropriate office at the college or university attended by the person awarded it. Payment will only be made after satisfactory documentation is received directly from the college or university confirming that the person chosen to receive the scholarship is enrolled as a student for the 2021-2022 school year. The scholarship may be applied toward payment of tuition, books, academic supplies, school fees, and housing at the college or university attended by the student.

Application process

Interested candidates may request a scholarship application by using the contact information contained at the bottom of this page. Only applications submitted on the official form will be accepted for consideration.

The completed application along with a 250-word essay explaining how they intend to apply their education toward public interest work must be submitted on or before the date shown below. Incomplete applications will not be considered and will not be returned. A winner will be announced.