The CCCOE Mock Trial Scholarship will be awarded annually to three high school seniors who have been members of their school’s mock trial team for at least one year. The scholarship will be awarded to students who have demonstrated exemplary personal qualities or achievement while participating in mock trial. The following attributes are among those that may be considered: leadership; teamwork; sportsmanship; overcoming hardship or adversity; and/or dedication to learning about the legal system.

The Contra Costa County Office of Education, Communications Department, will select the three student award recipients from applicants nominated by the teacher coaches. The winners will be announced at the annual Mock Trial Awards Ceremony.

Each student awarded the scholarship will receive a check in the amount of $1,000 from the law firm of GJEL at the Awards Ceremony that can be applied to their college tuition, books, room and board, travel to and from school, or other expenses related to higher education.

To recommend a student from your team, submit the completed coach’s nomination form to by no later than the Monday following the 4th preliminary round of competition (Monday, February 15th).


Download Your Coach’s Nomination Form Here


Mock Trial Scholarship FAQ

What is the purpose of the scholarship?
The scholarship seeks to promote exemplary personal qualities and achievements while participating in mock trial, such as leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship, and overcoming hardship or adversity.

Who can apply for the scholarship?
All high school seniors who are a member of any mock trial team competing in the county competition may apply.

Is there any specified financial need requirement?
There are no set financial requirements. A Student must simply confirm that he or she needs financial help for college, and the teacher coach must share the belief that financial assistance is appropriate for the student.

How do I nominate a student?
Coaches must email the completed nomination form to by no later than the Monday following the 4th round of preliminary competition. Each coach is allowed to nominate up to two students from their team.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the application process?
Please direct all scholarship related questions to Jason Arango. You can contact him at

How are the three student winners selected?
The Communications Department at CCCOE will review student applications and coaches’ nominations and select the three student winners consistent with the goals of the scholarship program.

How much money will the three winning students receive?
The three winners will each receive a check on awards night in the amount of $1,000. The money can be used for any college related need, including tuition, books, living expenses, or travel.

How are the scholarships being paid for?
The law firm of Gillin, Jacobson, Ellis, Larsen & Lucey is providing the necessary funding for the scholarships.