Varghese Summersett PLLC Annual Scholarships

Nov 15, 2018 @ 9:28 AM

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 law students who are interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice and youth with special needs.

We offer several annual scholarships, including criminal justice scholarships to law school students and special needs scholarships to youth under age 15.

Two of our firm’s top criminal defense attorneys, Christy Jack and Letty Martinez, have children with special needs and they 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 each of the Varghese  Summersett PLLC Annual Scholarships below and how to apply:

autism scholarship

Autism Scholarship Details:

Amount: $500
Deadline: April 1, 2019
Notification Date: April 15, 2019

  • To qualify, the applicant must be 15 years old or younger and diagnosed with Autism.
  • To apply, their parent, friend, relative, or teacher must submit a letter or video stating how the financial aid will benefit them. (For example, 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 a photo of the special needs student and at least one letter of recommendation. The letter 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 to Melody Lanier at [email protected]

 2018 Autism Scholarship Recipient: M.H. Moore Elementary School

Nine autistic students, ranging from first to fourth grade, are part of a new autism program at M.H. Moore Elementary School, a Title 1 school in Fort Worth. While the class had received furniture, the students were in severe need of basic hands-on supplies, such as puzzles and activity books.

 

Down Syndrome Scholarship

down syndromeDown Syndrome Down Syndrome Scholarship Details:

Amount: $500
Deadline: April 1, 2019
Notification Date: April 15, 2019

  • To qualify, the applicant must be 15 years old or younger and diagnosed with Down Syndrome.
  • To apply, their parent, friend, relative, or teacher must submit a letter or video stating how the financial aid will benefit them. (For example, a teacher could write a letter explaining how the special needs student would benefit from an adaptive bicycle.)
  • Applicants must submit a photo of the special needs student and at least one letter of recommendation. The letter 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 to Melody Lanier at [email protected]

2018 Down Syndrome Scholarship Recipient: Oliver Dalby

Oliver has a multi-diagnosis that includes Down Syndrome, Autism and deafness. His mom, a single parent who works full-time as a social worker, needs financial assistance to pay for Oliver’s SMILE Summer Camp, a therapeutic day camp for children with disabilities.

 

Criminal Justice Scholarship

Criminal Justice Scholarship Details:

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. 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 2019, 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.
    or
  2. Promotes safer drinking habits by suggesting ways to avoid getting behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.


Rules:

  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.


Contact

Melody Lanier

Email Address
[email protected]

Application Deadline
October 1, 2019

Number of Awards
One

Scholarship Amount
$1,500

Applicant Requirements
Law students or individuals who have been accepted into an ABA-accredited law school for the 2019-2020 school year.

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

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.

Criminal Justice  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
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

 2017 Varghese Summersett Criminal Justice Scholarship – Online Competition

2017 Online Competition