Varghese Summersett Scholarship: Scholarship Recipients

By Benson Varghese

Last Updated: June 4th, 2020
Published on: July 7th, 2017

 

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!

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

 

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.

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.

59 responses to “Varghese Summersett Scholarship: Scholarship Recipients”

  1. Svetlanasays:

    I vote for essay 8.

    • Good morning,
      You can vote on the final page of the post by clicking on the number corresponding to your selection. Let us know if you have any trouble voting. Thanks!

      • Anonymoussays:

        I’m trying to vote for Number 1; however, the link is wonky. Nothing is happening in terms of the vote count when I click on this box.

      • You may want to try from another device. Once it has registered a vote from an IP address, it won’t log another vote.

  2. Anonymoussays:

    You’ll never meet a more hardworking and deserving person as applicant number 29, Brittany Courville!

  3. J. Zyksays:

    Essay #29 is a phenomenal example of critical thinking and excellent workmanship. Good luck!

  4. Anonymoussays:

    Good luck, #29!

  5. Susan Weinsteinsays:

    Go #29!

  6. Anonymoussays:

    Essay 29 brought tears to my eyes! So inspirational.

  7. Thank you for all the supportive comments. Be sure you are also voting on the last page. Thanks!

  8. Alecsays:

    I vote for essay #29! Good luck, Brittany! 🙂

  9. Anonymoussays:

    #26; give a young aspiring lawyer a chance! ❤️

  10. Anonymoussays:

    Fingers crossed for #29!

  11. Anonymoussays:

    29

  12. Misty Gaubatzsays:

    My vote is for essay #4. Thank you.

  13. Kshanikasays:

    Please vote for participant 32!
    Not only is she extremely dedicated, but I can’t think of a single person who deserves this more than her!

  14. Anonymoussays:

    Go #32

  15. Anonymoussays:

    Excellent work! Keep it up.

  16. Jamisonsays:

    I had to give it to 29

  17. Ambersays:

    I vote for #29 . I am the mother if this hardworking and appreciative young lady ! Her story in this essay is 100% true. She took her unfortunate life and made it awesome! The most deserving applicant is #29 ! Thanks

  18. Grant Smithsays:

    #18

  19. Grant Smithsays:

    #18

  20. Junior Jonessays:

    essay 18 sounds real good

  21. Anonymoussays:

    Essay 32 was the best!

  22. Kisa Ibrahimsays:

    Hi, is there a reason why my vote for essay 8 was removed? I cannot vote again, and did not change my vote to any other essay. I also noticed essay number 4 jumped from 0 to 785 votes over a 25 second time period.

  23. Lynette Failingsays:

    #40

  24. annasays:

    essay #10

  25. Anonymoussays:

    #29

  26. Paula M Swindellsays:

    #18 is the best written. This should be the winner.

  27. Dwanna Peavysays:

    I want to vote for #29. Brittany Shelton

  28. Anonymoussays:

    29 for the win.

  29. Natashasays:

    I want to vote for #1, Katy Martinez.

  30. Anonymoussays:

    NUMBER 29 yaaaaa

  31. Kimberly Tumeysays:

    I vote for essay #29

  32. Kathy Brecheensays:

    I am voting for #29, Brittany Shelton.

  33. Adinasays:

    I vote for #29!! She is a hardworking girl and she deserves the best! U can do it!! I see you! I’ve been there!
    Good luck, Brittany!

  34. Louis Lucianisays:

    I vote for number 42. He puts people first.

  35. Julian Badulescusays:

    I vote for #29 ! Great job Brittany!

  36. Gracesays:

    Vote for essay #1

  37. Anonymoussays:

    Applicant 28 doesn’t have parents! I really hope you pick them!!

  38. Anonymoussays:

    Sounds like applicant 28 may be the next Alexander Hamilton. Hope you all make the right decision.

  39. Mojgan aghaisays:

    Number 1

  40. Kim Foxsays:

    Number 4. Absolutely.

  41. Paulasays:

    Voting for Essay #4

  42. Suzanne Genilliersays:

    I vote for essay 28!

  43. Dadasays:

    I vote for #5

  44. Herb Smithsays:

    My vote is for #34

  45. Anonymoussays:

    Essay 42

  46. michelle Kivisays:

    I vote for essay #34!

  47. Claire glacesays:

    I vote for 40 thanks

  48. john pasierbsays:

    I vote for #18.

  49. Ezrasays:

    Number 1!

  50. Anonymoussays:

    Number 1!

  51. Here is the response from Opinionstage: “It may be related to the cache system, but all votes are recorded in the database and are reflected when you look at the reports.”

    When the contest is done, we will post a screenshot of the final vote count.

Varghese Summersett Scholarship: 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! We want to thank everyone who entered the competition, voted, and opinionstage.com for tracking and tabulating all the votes.   Recipient: Brittany Courville Selected by Scholarship Committee: $1,000 Undergraduate: Louisiana State University in Baton RougeLaw School: University of Pennsylvania Law School   Recipient: Melisa Hrnjic First Place Online Voting Award: $1,000 Undergraduate: University of South FloridaLaw School:Western Michigan University Cooley Law School   Recipient: Aaron Parnas Second Place Online Voting Award: $500 Undergraduate:Florida Atlantic UniversityLaw 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.

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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