A popular story adapted from Loren Eiseley’s famous essay, “The Star Thrower,” highlights the power of a singular person’s actions, and how one’s actions can affect significant change in the world.  Our team at Whetstone Perkins & Fulda, LLC understands the message behind the starfish’s tale, and that is why we are offering The Starfish Scholarship. The student who shares the most thoughtful and well-written response will receive a $1,000 scholarship to help pay for their continued education.  To learn what is required of applicants when applying for this scholarship opportunity, please review the eligibility and application requirements below.


  • The Starfish Scholarship is open to high school seniors, college students, or graduate students who are legal residents of the United States. The applicant must currently reside in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.
  • The applicant must be enrolled in a post-secondary institution for the Fall 2022 semester.
  • Employees of Whetstone Perkins & Fulda, LLC, their immediate families (parent, child, sibling, and spouse), and persons living in the same households (whether related or not), are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • Applicants should have a current minimum GPA of 3.0, and be in good overall academic standing.

Application Requirements

  • The applicant must submit a 750-1,000 word essay answering the following question: What does social justice mean to you?
  • The applicant must submit their resumé that includes academic and professional experience, as well as up-to-date contact information. Please include both your current school and your upcoming school (if applicable) as your educational experience. Applicants who do not indicate their enrollment in a post-secondary educational institution for the Fall 2022 academic year will not be considered.
  • The applicant must submit a transcript from their current school. First-year college students or individuals who have recently transferred schools may submit an unofficial transcript from their current school, in addition to a recent official transcript from their prior school. High school students are also asked to submit proof of acceptance to their college or university.

Application Deadline and Instructions:

To apply for this scholarship, candidates must email their full application (including their essay, resumé, and transcript) to attorneyssc@gmail.com by October 1, 2023. Any applications sent after this date will not be considered. Any questions regarding this scholarship should be sent to attorneyssc@gmail.com.

Please take a look at our previous scholarship winners below!

2022 Scholarship Winner: Kirk Bennett

The 2022 Starfish Scholarship winner is Kirk Bennett!  He was born in Maryland, but grew up in Summerville, South Carolina. Currently, he is a student at Charleston Southern University majoring in aeronautics, with his sights set on a career as a professional pilot. So far, he has earned his private pilot license and is currently working on his instrument rating. He also made the Dean’s list his first semester, and was fortunate to be a member of the marching band, wind ensemble, and jazz band. 

In his own words: “I was surprised when I saw the email awarding me the Starfish Scholarship! I had just decided to take my commercial pilot training this summer, and wondered how I was going to pay for it. This came at the perfect time to help with the expenses. I would like to thank the committee for selecting my essay and awarding me the scholarship.”

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