2024 Recognizing Public Servants Scholarship

David Benowitz, a founding partner of Price Benowitz LLP, has served as a high-profile criminal defense attorney for over 20 years. As a criminal defense attorney, David Benowitz has immense respect for public servants in our community.

Attorney Benowitz’s passion for public service and desire to encourage those considering entering this arena inspired him to create the Recognizing Public Servants Scholarship. Through this scholarship, attorney David Benowitz would like to allow students to share their thoughts on the vital role played by public servants in our communities.

Students are asked to compose a 750-1,000 word essay discussing the importance of public servants and public service in our society, focusing on the crucial role of public defenders within our legal system. Showcase why public servants, especially public defenders, are essential pillars of justice and equitable legal access. The scholarship will award $1,000 to students who express their thoughts with insight and creativity on the importance of public servants and their work.

Please read the scholarship eligibility and application instructions carefully. Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2024.

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  • 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 be interested in public service, 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.

Application Requirements

To apply for this scholarship, please submit the following:

  • An updated resume
  • A current unofficial transcript from the applicant’s school
  • A 750-1,000 word essay discussing the following: Explore the significance of public servants and public service in our society. Delve into why public servants, particularly public defenders, hold a crucial role in our legal system. Highlight their importance in ensuring justice, safeguarding individual rights, and upholding the principles of fairness and equality for all.

Deadline and Instructions

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is December 31, 2024.

To be eligible for this scholarship, candidates submit their complete application (including the essay, resumé, and transcript) in the form below by December 31, 2024. Any applications sent after this date will not be considered.

Please send any scholarship questions to with the subject line info@criminallawdc.com