Ascend Disability Lawyers Annual Scholarship

Jason Harmon, the founder of Ascend Disability Lawyers, initially concentrated on Social Security Disability before broadening his practice to encompass Veterans’ Disability Benefits, Long-Term Disability, ERISA claims, and other employment-related issues commonly faced by individuals when they can no longer work. As a published author in the dynamic field of disability law, Jason has established himself as an authority in the subject.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jason pursued his college education at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, where he double-majored in English and Psychology. Following college, he gained valuable experience working for a law firm as a non-attorney representative, participating in over 300 disability hearings nationwide and crafting briefs for the firm, which eventually became one of the leading SSD firms in the country.

Subsequently, Jason attended Mississippi College School of Law, where he held leadership roles in various organizations, including the Moot Court Board. During law school, he continued to advocate for disabled individuals in hearings and served as a Guardian Ad Leitum in the law school adoption clinic, assisting the court in placing children in suitable homes. He graduated from law school with honors.

Post-graduation, Jason established Ascend Disability Lawyers in New Orleans, which has since expanded with satellite offices along the Gulf Coast, serving clients nationwide. The firm, under Jason’s leadership, has assisted thousands of individuals in their fight for Social Security disability benefits, with Jason personally representing clients in numerous hearings.

We want to continue to pay it forward by offering scholarship funds to further educational opportunities for the future.

Who Should Apply

This award seeks students with diverse backgrounds of race, ethnicity or faith, obtain the degree of their choice from any eligible college, university, graduate school, or law school. Applicants are encouraged to apply in fields in which they have traditionally been underrepresented: science, math, engineering, technology, business, and law. Applicants must be enrolled in or committed to attend a college, university, or professional school during the current calendar year in which they applied for the scholarship. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of their application. Applicants should not be immediate family members of employees of Ascend Disability Lawyers.

Scholarship Description

This scholarship is intended to help students with high character, above-average intellect as demonstrated by academic achievement and a commitment to community service. Our scholarship is open to any American citizen, who will be attending a college, university, graduate school, or law school in the United States during the current calendar year. Only students who have a 3.0 GPA or higher may apply for this scholarship.

This $1,000 one-time scholarship award will be sent directly to the registrar’s office of the winner’s college or university and can be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, housing, and/or books up to the Cost of Attendance. This scholarship is not renewable. Applicants will need to submit an official transcript and one letter of recommendation from an employer or professor/teacher in addition to submitting an essay.

Essay Requirements: 750-word maximum

Essay Topic: If you had the authority to change your community in a positive way, what specific changes would you make?

Deadline: All written scholarship submission materials must be received by 11:59 PM CST on the final day of the calendar year. The winner will be announced on January 31 of the following year and will receive a one-time award of $1,000 in one lump sum.


Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit; thus, students distinguished by academic excellence, participation in extracurricular activities and involvement in community service have the best chance at receiving one of our firm’s awards.

Start by asking a teacher, employer or mentor. Do not ask a friend or family member. A letter of recommendation is similar to a professional reference; choose someone who can articulate your strengths and praise your accomplishments.

A winner must meet all of the standard criteria required for this scholarship but also distinguish himself/herself from the rest of the applicants. It is suggested for you to review our website, all of the scholarship criteria, and write a thoughtful, informative essay.
The winner will be announced on January 31 of the following year for which the scholarship was applied. All communications will occur via email. Please do not call our office.
Typically. If you are awarded this scholarship, our firm will give the award directly to the school you are attending as credit towards your tuition and other eligible expenses. Your school may adjust your unmet financial need accordingly.
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