2019 Nicholas Braswell Strong Roots Scholarship

Criminal Defense attorney Nicholas Braswell has devoted his career to serving and defending the citizens of the Richmond area, and has developed a strong connection with the people and places of eastern Virginia. In today’s world, there are so many opportunities to live a transient life, to move from place to place and never settle down.

As day-to-day life becomes increasingly digital and experiences become increasingly “remote,” discussion about what it takes to build healthy communities becomes more and more important. Nicholas Braswell is proud to sponsor the Strong Roots Scholarship and Essay Contest as a way to promote discussion about the meaning of community in the digital age and as a way to sponsor educational opportunities for individuals who are dedicated to building strong communities where passions and careers can take root.

Award: $500
Deadline: August 31, 2019; 
Candidates must submit their FULL application (including the essay, resume, and official transcript) by U.S. mail, email, or fax.


  • All candidates must be currently enrolled (or planning to enroll) in an accredited post-secondary program, which includes: community colleges, private or public undergraduate colleges, and universities, private or public graduate degree programs, law programs, and business programs; High School Seniors can apply for this scholarship
  • All candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • All candidates must possess an interest in community building, as demonstrated by their essay and resume

Application Criteria

  • An updated resume that includes academic, professional, and volunteer experiences with a focus on community building. Candidates can feel free to highlight relevant coursework or experiences that might not be included in a typical resume. This document must, however, be limited to actual experiences (that is, “interests” do not count as experiences).
  • A 500-word essay that answers the following question:
  • How is the meaning of the word “community” changing in today’s world, and what does that mean for people who wish to build strong, healthy communities?
  • A current official academic transcript demonstrating that the candidate’s cumulative grade point average is 3.0 or greater. (Note: applicants who cannot provide an official transcript from their current institution may submit both an unofficial transcript from their current institution, as well as an official transcript from their last school.)
  • This cover sheet (link opens in PDF)


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