Varghese Summersett Criminal Justice Changemaker Scholarship

The attorneys at Varghese Summersett PLLC practice criminal law at both a state and federal level. Although our careers reflect our love and passion for the criminal justice system, we are constantly striving to improve an imperfect system. To share our passion, we are proud to announce our annual Criminal Justice Changemaker Scholarship, which awards a student $1,000 to pursue their education.

As times change, laws and the penalties associated with them can become outdated. We are inviting incoming or current law school students to write an essay voicing their opinion on one current law or piece of legislation that deserves to be updated. The applicant should explain how this criminal justice reform can have a lasting impact on society. Students applying should have an interest in pursuing a career in the criminal justice field for this scholarship opportunity.


To be eligible, applicants must be an incoming or a current law student in the United States and be interested in a criminal justice career. There is no GPA requirement. All applications must be submitted by the deadline of October 1, 2024.

Application Requirements

  • A current resume;
  • A current transcript;
  • The name of the law school you are attending or where you are seeking admission;
  • A 100 percent original essay of 500-1500 words offering an opinion on a current law or piece of legislation that deserves to be updated and how this change will have a lasting impact on society.

Application Deadline and Instructions

All scholarship criteria must be submitted on or before October 1, 2024. Applications sent after the October 1st deadline will not be considered. Essays should not have been previously published anywhere and no copyrighted material may be used. You should also include your full name, current mailing address, phone number, school, and email address with your submitted documents

Applications must be submitted by email to with the subject line “[Applicant Name] – Criminal Justice Changemaker Scholarship 2023”.

2023 Scholarship Winner


Congratulations to Victoriana Shannon, the 2023 Varghese Summersett Criminal Justice Scholarship recipient. Victoriana is from San Antonio and attends Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. Her winning essay was about the injustices of the cash bond system and its detrimental effects on society.

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