Amount: $500
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Notification Date: April 15, 2020

Each year approximately 6,000 babies are born with down syndrome, a chromosomal condition that occurs when there is a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21 and can affect an individuals’ life, educational development, characteristics, personality, and physicality. 

The attorneys at Varghese Summersett PLLC believe in giving back to the community, especially with causes that we hold close to our hearts. Two of our criminal attorneys both have children with disabilities, and in efforts to recognize and honor them, we are proud to offer our Annual Down Syndrome Scholarship! This scholarship is intended for a deserving child with down syndrome who is in need of financial aid towards his or her educational or recreational opportunities. The award may be used towards a camp, tutoring, education, or other tools to help the student thrive, prosper, and have a fulfilling life.


To be eligible, applicants must be 15 years old or younger, be diagnosed with down syndrome, and all applications must be submitted by the deadline of April 1, 2020.

  • To apply, a parent, friend, relative, or teacher must submit a letter or video stating how the financial aid will benefit the student. 
  • Applicants must submit a photo of the 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 
    • For example, a teacher could write a letter explaining how the student would benefit from an adaptive bicycle. 
  • Applicants must agree to allow Varghese Summersett PLLC to use the student’s name, photo, video, letter, and/or story on our website

Application Deadline and Instructions:

All scholarship criteria must be submitted on or before April 1, 2020. Applications sent after the April 1st deadline will not be considered. 

Applications must be submitted by email to [email protected] with the subject line “[Applicant Name] – Down Syndrome Scholarship”.

2019 Down Syndrome Scholarship Recipient: Marco Villarreal