Varghese Summersett Scholarship: 2017 Scholarship Recipients

Varghese Summersett PLLC 2017 Scholarship Recipients

We are pleased to announce the winners of the first-annual Varghese Summersett PLLC Criminal Justice Scholarship Contest. The Fort Worth law firm awarded criminal justice scholarships to three incoming law school students who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the criminal justice system. To apply, they had to write an essay – and they definitely delivered.

One winner was selected by the firm’s Scholarship Committee, and the other two were selected in an online voting contest by the public. Nearly 25,000 votes were tallied by OpinionStage.com and our two online winners made up over half of the total votes cast!

2017 Scholarship Results

We want to thank everyone who entered the competition, voted, and opinionstage.com for tracking and tabulating all the votes.

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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
Undergraduate
: 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

The application deadline is up, the essays are in, and a total of $2,500 is up for grabs.

The Fort Worth law firm of Varghese Summersett PLLC is awarding three criminal justice scholarships this month to undergraduate or law school students who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the criminal justice system. To apply, they had to write an essay – and wow, did they deliver.

We received dozens of essays from students across the country. We were floored by their insight, writing ability, honesty, and hope for the future. In fact, the essays are so good we need your help selecting our scholarship winners.

We are giving away a total of $2,500 in scholarships, which can be used to offset the cost of tuition, housing, books, travel expenses — whatever will give these budding scholars a leg-up. The first scholarship will be awarded by the Scholarship Committee at our law firm. The second and third scholarship recipients will be selected by you in an online voting contest.

Update: The poll results are kept by Opinionstage.com whose sole responsibility it is to keep track of the votes and give us an accurate result. Any concerns about polling results can be directed to Opinionstage.com.

Read the essays, pick your favorite, and vote in the poll at the end (on page 10.) The poll will close at noon on July 24.

One other thing: applicants are encouraged to tell their friends and family to vote for their essay. After all, there’s strength in numbers.

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Why a Criminal Justice Scholarship?

Varghese Summersett PLLC is a criminal defense firm based out of Fort Worth, Texas. All of our partners were former prosecutors and we have spent our careers in criminal courts. We have learned that justice is best served when there are good people on both sides. We created this scholarship to help students who are interested in criminal justice and becoming great prosecutors or defense attorneys. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with the latest criminal justice news and to find out first who will be the scholarship recipients.

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Benson Varghese

Managing Partner at Varghese Summersett PLLC
Benson Varghese is the founder and Managing Partner of Varghese Summersett PLLC. He is a prolific writer and has authored hundreds of articles about criminal law in Texas and at the Federal level. His articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Above the Law, and have been selected as Top Blogs by the State Bar of Texas. He was named the Young Lawyer of the Year in 2019 by the Tarrant County Bar Association. Benson led the firm to become one of the 500 fastest growing businesses in the United States by Inc 500 Magazine in 2018. In the same year, the firm was named the Best Law Firm in Fort Worth by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The lawyers at Varghese Summersett PLLC exclusively handle criminal defense matters.
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