Pay It Forward Scholarship

The 2021 Winner of the Pay it Forward Scholarship is Natalia Capella, a student at University of Tennessee.

At The Miley Legal Group we love to reward members of the community who go above and beyond for others. Volunteering time and random acts of kindness truly lead to a better community, which affects everyone.  The Miley Legal Group not only works to recognize volunteers in our community through our Celebrating Volunteers Program, we recognize that building a foundation of volunteerism is important to the continued growth and development of our state and nation.  As a way to further reflect that belief, we decided to establish the Pay it Forward Scholarship. The Pay it Forward Scholarship is a way to reward a college student who has already realized the kinds of positive effects that volunteering or a random act of kindness can have. 

The Pay it Forward Scholarship asks that each applicant writes an approximately 750-word essay that articulates the importance of service and volunteerism. The essay should describe how the applicant strives to embody the idea of “paying it forward” through volunteerism. The student who produces the best essay, as reviewed by applicable MGL staff, will receive a $1,500 scholarship.  (The funds will be sent directly to the college or university of enrollment and processed as a scholarship received with funds available for educational costs, including but not limited to tuition, room and/or board.)

Tim Miley, the owner of The Miley Legal Group, is a proud supporter of local organizations that give back to the West Virginia community.  In addition to his passion for helping accident victims and their families, Tim served as both the Speaker and Minority Leader in the House of Delegates for the state of West Virginia, and he is eager to read essays from students all over the country about how the next generation of leaders are paying it forward.

Scholarship Eligibility:

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university. We also welcome applications from high school seniors or soon-to-be GED graduates who are already enrolled in a university or a college program. High school seniors who are NOT enrolled in a university or college program should not apply.

Students must show good academic standing by holding a GPA of 3.0 or higher (verified by a current transcript). The recipient of this scholarship will have an eloquently written essay and will meet application requirements, as determined by the staff of MLG. 

How to Apply: 

To apply for this scholarship, please send your application as an email to with the subject line “Pay It Forward 2021 – [Applicant’s Name]” with the following PDF attachments before the November 30, 2021 deadline:

  • A current resume
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A 750-word word essay which describes how you try to make your community a better place 

Notice of winner will only be posted on this website. Written notification will only be received by the selected winner and NO notice will be forwarded to applicants other than the winner of the scholarship.

Each item must be included in PDF form before the scholarship will be accepted. Please note: If required submissions can not be accessed with Adobe PDF program, they will be rejected.

To learn about our previous scholarship recipients, visit our scholarship winners page.

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