The David Benowitz Recognizing Public Servants Scholarship

Due to Mr. Benowitz’s passion for public service and his desire to encourage those considering entering this arena, we are honored to present the David Benowitz Recognizing Public Servants Scholarship. The scholarship will award $500 to the student that best expresses their thoughts with insight and creativity on the importance of public servants and their work.

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 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.


To apply for this scholarship, please submit:

  • An updated resume,
  • A completed cover sheet,
  • A current unofficial transcript from the applicant’s school,
  • A 750-word essay discussing the following: Discuss the importance of public servants and public service in our society. Why are public servants, and especially public defenders, important in our legal system?


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

In order to be eligible, scholarship applicants must submit their full application by email to with the subject line: “[Applicant’s Name] — Recognizing Public Servants Scholarship” by the December 31 deadline to be considered.