The Joseph Onwuteaka Scholarship – $400

New 2017 Scholarship Opportunity!
Proudly offered to you by the Law Offices of Joseph Onwuteaka

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If you are a current high school or college student who believes in hard work, high standards and integrity, we welcome you to apply for the 2017 Joseph Onwuteaka Scholarship in the amount of $400. This scholarship was created by Mr. Onwuteaka, who is a highly respected attorney in Houston.

As an immigrant to America who is entirely self made and highly educated, Mr. Onwuteaka knows how greatly important a good education is. He would like to make the educational path for deserving high school and college students a bit easier. Therefore, he is pleased to offer this $400 academic scholarship annually to deserving students.

If you are planning to attend college or already are attending, you can apply for this academic scholarship. He would like to see students with a strong academic record and substantial financial need apply. Also, he encourages transfer students and people of color to apply, as well as anyone else who may not be able to attend college without financial assistance.

If this describes you, please apply for immediate consideration today.

According to Joseph Onwuteaka: “Obtaining my education in the United States allowed me to follow my dreams, and help many people who could not otherwise stand up for themselves. I understand how vital it is for today’s students to get a good education. Please submit your application for this $400 academic scholarship today.”  

No Fee To Apply for This Scholarship!

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

If you are interested in this $400 academic scholarship, please meet these standards:

  • You must be a US citizen or a US permanent resident.
  • You are from 17 to 50 years of age.
  • You should have a high GPA and generally strong academic record.
  • You are or will be a part or full time college student.
  • You have an active email address.

Scholarship Essay Topics

All applicants for the Joseph Onwuteaka scholarship need to write a 1,000 to 3,000 word essay on one of these topics:

  • If there were only one slot available for your desired college, why should the university choose you?
  • Who are you?
  • What accomplishments have you had in the last year that had nothing to do with academics?
  • What is the most important quotation that describes your outlook on life?
  • If you could read the minds of other people, would you choose to use the power and how?
  • How do you think where you grew up influenced who you are today?

Essay Submission Instructions

For immediate consideration, your essay must be created entirely by you and should meet these criteria:

  • Typed
  • Single spaced
  • Feature 12 point font
  • 1,000 to 3,000 words

Your application will depend heavily upon this essay, so please dedicate a great deal of time to it.

Video Essay Alternative

Also, you can submit a three to five minute video essay that answers one of the above topics. You can submit the entire video to the email below, or simply the link to where your video is hosted.

Please have your full name in the title or in the link.

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How to Apply

  1. Please review all eligibility requirements.
  2. Complete your written or video submission.
  3. Follow the submission guidelines.
  4. Submit your essay.
  5. We encourage you to share your submission with friends and family so they know you are striving to get help for college.
  6. Watch your email address inbox – that’s how we will inform the winner.
  7. You should email your written or video submission to the following email address: thejosephonwuteakascholarshi[email protected]. Your submission should include your name, age, phone number, and mailing address.

How the Winner Is Selected

The $400 scholarship winner will be chosen seven days after the application period has closed. The winner will be notified via email. We also will provide detailed instructions in this email about how to receive your award.


Receiving the Joseph Onwuteaka award is a big event, and we urge you to leverage this great news on your social media channels. Your friends and family will want to know about your success.  

Winning a scholarship for college is such a big deal that we will be proud to share your great news on our corporate legal website for one year. This announcement will include your name, photo and 250 word biography.

Winning a scholarship is good news financially, but just as importantly, it shows that you are a hardworking, high achieving student. You can use the winning of this award to benefit your life in the future. We recommend that you include the link to the award page on the website in your resume and also on any job or college applications. Most applicants do not win scholarships; this award will help to make your application stand out.

So, share the news of your award far and wide, and it will benefit you far more than just monetarily!

Scholarship Application Deadline

Submissions for this $400 scholarship will be accepted from February 15, 2017.

Would you like to receive more information about this $400 scholarship opportunity? Still have questions? Please send an email to: thejosephonwuteakascholarshi[email protected]. Please use this subject line: “Joseph Onwuteaka Scholarship Inquiry.” We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Response Information

Email only please. We understand that you have an interest in this scholarship, or perhaps you have more questions. We are here to assist you. Please write us an email and send tothejosephonwuteakascholarshi[email protected]. Subject line should be “Joseph Onwuteaka Scholarship Inquiry.”

Commonly Asked Questions:

How can I win this scholarship?

Show that you have strong academic achievements, as well as achievements and worthwhile activities outside the classroom. Showing financial need also helps.

How do I receive the award if I win?

Via certified, US mail.

Should I write an essay or do a video?

Either submission type can be effective. If you are a good writer, writing your essay could be best. On the other hand, if you have experience doing videos, you may decide doing a video will present you in the best light.

Can I enter multiple times?

No – one entry per person, please.  

Can my essay include attachments and images?

Yes. You can supplement your written or video submission with these materials.

How high should my GPA be?

There is no minimum, but GPAs over 3.0 catch more attention.  

Is this award offered every year?

Yes. If you do not win this year, you can apply next year as well.

What if I want to re-submit my essay?

If you turn in your submission early and want to re-submit it at a later time, you can do so. Just be certain that we receive it before the final deadline of February 15, 2017 at 12 AM. If you turn in an old draft of your essay or video and want to turn in the most recent copy, please email it before the deadline passes.  

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I don’t have email. Can I still apply?  

You do need an email to participate. Gmail and Yahoo offer free email accounts. Please open one for this purpose.

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application!


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About Joseph Onwuteaka

Admission Details

  • Admitted in 1986, Texas
  • Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • US Tax Court


  • English
  • Spanish

University Attended

  • Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University, Class of 1981 B.Sc.
  • Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University, Class of 1983 M.B.A.

Law School Attended

  • Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Class of 1986 J.D. cum laude

Associations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Association of Attorneys and C.P.A.'s.
  • Elite Lawyers of America

Credentials Of The Firm


Client Testimonials

Attorney Joseph Onwuteaka has represented my family is the legal arena since 1988. My first representation was in a divorce case w/ child support. Child support was awarded, however, we appealed because amount was too low. From that point until today, Mr. Onwuteaka has been retained as the family lawyer. Joseph is very passionate about his legal services and for the most part has been very pro-bono when it comes to our faith in ,him as a lawyer. I can't imagine not having him as a lawyer. My most recent case was delinquent property taxes. Each and overtime I have complete faith that I've received the best representation available. Mr. Onwuteaka will be the only attorney to represent me and my family for life!
- Gaynell McAfee