2022 True Impact of Injury Scholarship Award

Day after day, Hess Injury Law works hard to help our clients get the compensation they deserve from the parties responsible for their personal injuries. We know all too well that an injury throws a big wrench into a person’s life. Aside from the resulting pain and financial burden from medical treatment, many people who have been victims of a car accident or other injury end up suffering long-term effects like physical disability or emotional trauma. That’s why we created the True Impact of Injury Scholarship—to give back to people like our clients.

What is the True Impact of Injury Scholarship?

The True Impact of Injury Scholarship is an opportunity for students impacted by a personal injury to receive aid in reaching their educational goals. Students who apply for this $1,000 scholarship award are asked to tell their injury story—whether the injury was personal or happened to a loved one. Applicants detail the effects of the injury on their lives or their family members and are given a space to describe the raw reality of personal injury cases.

Why Did We Create This Award?

Hess Injury Law wants to shed light on the brutal reality of how a moment of negligence can cause devastating consequences in a person’s life. Those impacted by personal injury cases often experience the pains of loss and disadvantage for the rest of their lives. For this reason, we want to do our part in compensating those individuals for their pain and spreading awareness to prevent injuries in the future.

2022 True Impact of Injury Scholarship Award Winner

The winner of this year’s scholarship is a bright young woman whose story proves that one can rise above even the most devastating and catastrophic events that life throws at you. We’d like to recognize her for her bravery and endurance by awarding her the True Impact of Injury Scholarship Award for 2022.

Tiara Gilbert

In March of 2006, when Tiara was only eight years old, her father picked her up from cheerleading practice. On the way home, their car was struck by a large truck. Tiara suffered a severely broken jaw that required months of medical treatment and a year-long liquid diet. Her father suffered a traumatic brain injury and multiple bone fractures, putting him in a three-month coma. When her father awoke, the long road of recovery began, which her family faithfully underwent. But both Tiara and her father still suffer from long-lasting pain and traumatic effects from the car accident they endured all those years ago.

Today, Tiara seeks to further her education at Capella University with a Master of Social Work. We want to commend this strong young woman for her passion, drive, and ability to face life’s obstacles with bravery and determination. Congratulations to 2022’s winner of the True Impact of Injury Scholarship Award!

Applicant Eligibility

To be considered for the True Impact of Injury Scholarship Award, applicants had to meet the following requirements:

  • Be a US resident
  • Be a student: high school senior, college student, or graduate student in a two- to five-year post-secondary institution
  • Could not be a Hess Injury Law employee, family member, or household resident
  • Must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

Submission Requirements

This year’s winner was selected for her essay on the following requirements: Explain the impact someone’s injury accident has had on you, your friends, and/or your family. What was the personal injury case like, and what were the short and long-term impacts of the injury?

Congratulations to 2022’s winner of the True Impact of Injury Scholarship Award!

Author Bio

Peter J. Hess grew up in Walla Walla, Washington. He is a 1996 graduate of Walla Walla High School and a 2000 graduate of the University of Washington, with a B.A. in Business Administration/Information Systems.

Peter graduated from Willamette University College of Law, with honors, in 2007. While at Willamette, he was an Associate Editor of the Willamette Law Review, he was a Teacher’s Assistant for a Legal Research and Writing professor, and he worked as a Personal Injury Law Clerk at Swanson, Lathen, Alexander & McCann in Salem, Oregon. After graduation from Willamette, Peter began working here at Hess Injury Law. In 2012, he became a partner in the firm. He is licensed to practice law in both Washington and Oregon.

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