DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, the national law firm of Baron & Budd announced that it has selected Ricky Stafford and Shelbi Muñoz as the winners of the Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarship. Each winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship paid directly to the financial aid accounts at their universities.
Applicants were asked to submit a written or video essay about how cancer has impacted their lives. Stafford’s winning written essay was selected after a competitive review by the Baron & Budd Scholarship committee. The essay detailed how he and his family were impacted when he received a diagnosis of leukemia his freshman year of high school. Stafford’s emotional account of his journey with cancer turned from one of sadness to positivity. Stafford found a way to focus on joy and helping others instead of choosing to focus on the negativity of his circumstances.
Stafford will be attending Southern Virginia University where he will be majoring in education. He hopes to one day create an educational program for students who are unable to attend school by conventional means due to illness. He wants to make sure they have the opportunity to live their lives and stay on track with school while dealing with an illness or injury.
“Cancer brought a deeper form of gratitude into my life. I learned to be more grateful for the things that I’d been given. I’m grateful to be alive and have the opportunity to serve and give back to my community,” Stafford wrote in his winning essay.
Additionally, Muñoz was selected by the Baron & Budd Scholarship committee as the video essay winner. Her touching video displayed family photos and home videos as she explained how she lost five loved ones to cancer within a three year time period. Muñoz describes the devastation she felt because of her loss; however, she goes on to explain how she decided to honor her loved ones by living life and facing new challenges instead of letting tragedy keep her down.
“I realized that I’m still here and I must continue to live my life to its fullest in honor of those I love who can’t. I can’t be afraid to go out and take risks. I’ve been given the gift of time. Time I can use to make something of myself,” Muñoz said in her winning essay video.
Muñoz will be attending Florida State University where she will be majoring in theater. She hopes to pursue a career in theater once she finishes college.
“Our scholarship committee was impressed by the way both Ricky and Shelbi chose to have a positive outlook on their lives when they were faced with very trying circumstances. We know they will go on to do great things because of their strength in handling adversity and their optimistic attitudes toward life,” said President and Managing Shareholder Russell Budd.
The Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the legacy of the thousands of Americans who are diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer every year. Baron & Budd’s scholarship program is open to incoming freshmen who will attend a US-based four-year university, college, or two-year college. For more information about the Baron & Budd Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarship, please visit baronandbudd.com/mesothelioma-lawyer/scholarships/.
About Baron & Budd, P.C.
Baron & Budd, P.C., is among the largest and most accomplished plaintiffs’ law firms in the country. With more than 40 years of experience, Baron & Budd has the expertise and resources to handle complex litigation throughout the United States. As a law firm that takes pride in remaining at the forefront of litigation, Baron & Budd has spearheaded many significant cases for hundreds of entities and thousands of individuals. Since the firm was founded in 1977, Baron & Budd has achieved substantial national acclaim for its work on cutting-edge litigation, trying hundreds of cases to verdict and settling tens of thousands of cases in areas of litigation as diverse as dangerous pharmaceuticals and defective medical devices, asbestos and mesothelioma, environmental contamination, fraudulent banking practices, motor vehicles, employment, and other consumer fraud issues.