The Shawn Sukumar Criminal Justice Reform Scholarship

Attorney Shawn Sukumar is familiar with the harmful effects of the criminal justice system. He proud to announce the Shawn Sukumar Criminal Justice Reform Scholarship, which will award $500 to a student who presents a well-reasoned and practical solution to a problem they see within the criminal justice system.

Scholarship Eligibility

This scholarship is offered to any student currently enrolled in an accredited community college, undergraduate, or graduate program in the United States. This includes incoming first-year college students who are high school graduates or possess a GED. The scholarship candidate must possess an interest in social justice, as demonstrated by past and present volunteer, professional, and educational experiences. All eligible candidates must be in good academic standing, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.


To apply for this scholarship, please submit:

  • An updated résumé.
  • A 750-word essay responding to the following prompt: What issue within the criminal justice system do you believe needs reform? Why? What is a practical solution to this problem? What changes do you believe this solution would make? Feel free to draw on your own or loved one’s experiences.
  • A current unofficial transcript from the applicant’s school (NOTE: First-year college students must submit an unofficial transcript from their most recent school, as well as an unofficial transcript from their current post-secondary institution.)


The deadline to apply for this scholarship is December 31, 2018.

Please send your complete application to with the subject line: “[Applicant’s Name] – Justice Reform Scholarship” by the December 31 deadline to be considered.

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Justice Reform Scholarship.

DC Criminal Lawyer

DC Criminal Lawyer
Shawn Sukumar Attorney at Law
1826 Jefferson Pl NW

Washington DC 20036