Kirsh billboard contest provides real-world experience

Published on March 4, 2021

A billboard for The Kirsh Law Firm.

NORTH EAST, Md. – Working collaboratively to enrich community engagement is a powerful way to bring about environmental and behavioral changes that, in the end, improve the community and its members. The Kirsh Law Firm is diligent in creating community partnerships that align with the philosophy of community betterment.

To that end, the firm members announced this month that Cecil College student Sean Sjoblom is the recipient of the Seventh Annual Kirsh Law Firm billboard competition.

The Kirsh Law Firm provides real-world experience to Cecil College students by creating a scholarship in exchange for their talent in designing a company billboard. Sjoblom’s design, selected from nearly a dozen submissions, is prominently displayed on the westbound side of U.S. Route 40 between Landing Lane and Rt. 213, in Elkton, Md. The Kirsh Law Firm Scholarship is worth $750 at Cecil College.

“Cecil College is a significant institution as it provides our community with an affordable option for a quality college education. Many Cecil County residents, whether right out of high school or after many years in the workforce, are not able to attend a traditional four-year university for a variety of reasons,” said Peter Kirsh, Esq.

The Kirsh Law Firm has been a big supporter of higher education for decades, helping to provide internships and creating opportunities for the next generation. Kirsh and his wife, Wendy, discussed how they could positively impact an individual seeking to own their future. During this time, the law firm was working on a new design for its Route 40 billboard.

“We realized that we could provide an opportunity for Cecil College students to use their talents and skills in a real-world situation,” said Kirsh. And so, the annual Kirsh Law Firm scholarship billboard contest was created.

This year’s scholarship recipient is a native of Elkton, Md., whose family relocated to McCordsville, Indiana. Sjoblom returned to Cecil County to take advantage of the game design program at Cecil College.

Assistant Professor of Visual Communications Adam Jacono provided his digital design students with an outline of what the Kirsh Law Firm was looking for, and they went to work. Cecil College students can submit more than one design, with the winning design being chosen by the entire staff at the Kirsh Law Firm. Along with receiving the scholarship, the winning design is placed on the Route 40 billboard for several months.

“We’ve received great feedback from the winning students. They appreciate the scholarship, but many times they are even more thrilled by having their design on our billboard,” said Kirsh.

To apply for this and other Cecil College scholarships, visit If you are interested in supporting a student through a tax-deductible gift, please contact the Cecil College Foundation at or visit For information regarding the visual communications program at Cecil College, visit