Varghese Summersett Criminal Justice Scholarship

Varghese Summersett is a Fort Worth criminal defense law firm that focuses on state and federal criminal matters. All of our partners have been either state or federal prosecutors and now practice criminal law exclusively. Our careers reflect our love for the criminal justice system, although we constantly strive to improve an imperfect system.

Each year, we offer criminal justice scholarships to deserving law school students. This year, we will be hosting a scholarship video contest that educates the audience about DWI laws or promotes safe drinking. Want to apply? Here’s what you need to know.

Criminal Justice Scholarship – Student Video Contest

For 2018, we are inviting law students to create a 90-second to 3-minute video that achieves the following:

  1. Educates the audience about DWI laws in Texas by incorporating interesting facts from our DWI information page.
  2. Promotes safer drinking habits by suggesting ways to avoid getting behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.


  1. We expect entries to reflect the student’s creative process. While you can get help from your friends, don’t use a professional service to create the video. If we think you did, we will likely disqualify you.
  2. No copyrighted material may be used. Use non-copyrighted music and sound effects.
  3. The videos cannot contain content that violates the submission standards of YouTube.


Jane Scribner

Email Address
[email protected]

Application Deadline
July 1, 2018.

Number of Awards

Scholarship Amount

Applicant Requirements
Law students or individuals who have been accepted into an ABA-accredited law school for the 2018-2019 school year.

Scholarship Announcements
Scholarship recipients will receive notification by email of their award. Their names and awards will be reflected below, beginning in 2018.

Application Process
Submit your video to [email protected] Do not share the video publicly prior to the announcement of finalists for the award.

By submitting your application, you are giving Varghese Summersett PLLC permission to use and display your video for marketing and promotional purposes.

2017  Scholarship Recipients

Recipient: Brittany Courville
Selected by Scholarship Committee: $1,000
Undergraduate: Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge
Law School: University of Pennsylvania Law School

Recipient: Melisa Hrnjic
First Place Online Voting Award: $1,000
: University of South Florida
Law School: Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Recipient: Aaron Parnas
Second Place Online Voting Award: $500
Undergraduate: Florida Atlantic University
Law School: George Washington University Law School

 2017 Varghese Summersett Criminal Justice Scholarship – Online Competition

2017 Online Competition