Varghese Summersett PLLC Annual Scholarships

Varghese Summersett PLLC Annual Scholarships

Each year, our firm gives back to the community in ways that are especially close to our hearts. We are particularly passionate about supporting education, with a focus on youth with special needs and on law students who are interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice.

Last year, we had a phenomenal response to our criminal justice scholarship essay writing competition for law students. This year, we are changing it up and accepting video entries from law students across the nation.

We are also proud to announce that we have added two new scholarships this year for students with special needs – one to a youth with Down Syndrome and one to a youth with Autism.

Two of our firm’s top attorneys have children with special needs. Christy Jack and Letty Martinez are passionate advocates for youth with disabilities. The special needs scholarships can be used offset the cost of camp, tutoring, classes, secondary education, post-secondary education or tools to help the students learn and flourish.

Learn more about Varghese  Summersett PLLC Annual Scholarships below and how to apply:

autism scholarshipScholarship Details: Autism

Amount: $500
Deadline: October 1, 2018
Notification Date: November 15, 2018

down syndromeScholarship Details: Down Syndrome

Amount: $500
Deadline: October 1, 2018
Notification Date: November 15, 2018

Down Syndrome and Autism Scholarship Eligibility and Requirements

  • To qualify, the applicant (or their guardian) must show proof that they have been diagnosed with Autism or Down Syndrome.
  • To apply, the applicant, their friend, relative, or teacher must submit a letter or video stating how the financial aid will benefit them. (For example, a neighbor could send a video stating why a Down Syndrome child needs an adaptive bicycle, or a grandmother could write a letter on behalf of her autistic granddaughter who could benefit from an iPad or a special needs camp.)
  • Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. These should be from teachers, employers, friends or community leaders. They should attest to the applicant’s character, ability and need for financial aid for educational or recreational opportunities.
  • Applicants must agree to allow Varghese Summersett PLLC to use his/her name, photo, video, letter, and/or story on our website.
  • Submit all materials, including letters or videos and recommendation letters, to Jane Scribner at [email protected].

Scholarship Details: Varghese Summersett Criminal Justice

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 are hosting a 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 – Law Student Video Contest

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

  1. Educates the audience about DWI laws in Texas. Consider 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.

UPDATE: The deadline has been extended to August 30, 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