Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP, a personal injury and Social Security Disability law firm serving Rhode Island and Southern New England, announced the launch of a scholarship program designed to increase public awareness about brain injuries and tumors and to highlight prevention efforts.

As a part of the Marasco & Nesselbush Brain Injury Prevention Scholarship, the firm is offering a total of six college scholarships — three $1,000 scholarships and three $500 scholarships — to the students who produce the best 30-second videos about the serious problem of brain injuries, particularly among young people. A first place and second place winner will be selected in each state the firm serves: Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

“As attorneys committed to the health and safety of the communities we serve, we are excited to inspire the creativity of students to highlight the very real dangers of concussions, traumatic brain injuries and other types of brain disorders,” said firm co-founder and partner, Donna M. Nesselbush.

“Giving scholarships to students to help them reach their full potential through higher education is another rewarding aspect of the competition,” Nesselbush said.

Each entrant will produce an original 30-second public service announcement video that addresses one of the following three topics, whichever one calls her/him most.

•   Concussions/Head Injuries: Think Fast. These videos will showcase the most frequent causes of concussions/head injuries and provide information about prevention and what should be done if someone may have suffered a concussion.

•   A Day in the Life of Someone with a Brain Injury. These videos will demonstrate the hurdles and successful strategies employed by those living with TBI or other brain disorders.

•   Compassion for Caregivers. These videos will focus on the family and friends of people living with a TBI or other brain disorder, highlighting the courage and compassion they show every day as they help their loved ones recover, cope and lead quality lives.

Winners will be selected based on a combination of scoring by a panel of community judges and by voting on social media. Videos will be uploaded to YouTube and placed on the firm’s website. Visitors to the site will choose and share their favorite videos by sending links via social media along with the hashtag #PreventBrainInjury2015.

The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. EDT on March 31, 2015. Winners will be announced in mid-April. The competition is open to high school seniors in Rhode Island, Connecticut or Massachusetts, and students currently enrolled at a two-year or four-year college or university in Rhode Island, Connecticut or Massachusetts.

“We are confident that the young people of Southern New England will generate innovative and spirited ways to spread the word about brain injury and prevention,” Nesselbush said. “We look forward to viewing their creative videos.”

For more information about the scholarship competition, visit the firm’s website at M-N-Law.com/scholarship/.