When someone is accused of a crime, it does not matter whether they are innocent or guilty of what they are accused of for it to have a great, negative impact on their life. Even though there are laws in place to protect the innocent, many innocent people are accused (and convicted) of crimes they did not commit. Even though the U.S. Constitution declares that the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury, many accused people do not experience these rights as described in the Sixth Amendment.
Andrew R. Lynch discovered his calling as a criminal defense attorney when a close family member was investigated, arrested and tried for a felony drug charge. Mr. Lynch witnessed the devastating effects that a criminal charge can have on the accused and their family. This experience inspired him to pursue his legal education and to defend individuals against criminal accusations.
The office of Andrew R. Lynch, P.C., would like to support the education of a student who is committed to helping people who are accused of crimes. We know that while lawyers play an important role in defending people whose innocence are being questioned, there is a whole cadre of other professionals who help these people in different ways.
We have created the Andrew Lynch Criminal Defense Scholarship for $1,000, for a student who is pursuing an education that is leading them to work that is dedicated to helping the accused.
- This scholarship is open to any student who is currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate, graduate, or professional program in the United States. This includes accredited community college students as well as high school seniors and students who possess a GED who have been accepted to or are enrolled in an accredited program.
- The scholarship applicant must be able to demonstrate their commitment towards helping the accused with a clear plan for how they are going to do this after they have completed their formal education.
- All eligible candidates must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative
GPA of 2.00 or above.
Answer the following questions in an essay of 1,000 words or less:
– What experience most inspired you to want to help people who are accused of crimes?
– What is the particular population of people you want to help and/or area of the law that
you want to uphold?
– What are your work/career goals and how is your education going to help you to realize
these goals to the extent that you will be able to help people who are accused of
- Updated resume
- Essay, 1,000 word maximum. See essay questions above.
- Current unofficial transcript
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2020
All application materials must be submitted by this date
Award Announcement: April 2020
Scholarship Amount: $1,000
Scholarship applicants must submit all application materials by email to:
Andrew R. Lynch
If you have questions, please feel free to email Mr. Lynch at the address above.