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Scholarships & Opportunities

Welcome students! Here you will find information about various scholarships and opportunities. Any questions about items listed below can be directed to your counselor.

Please visit the DCPS Office of Student Affairs webpage for lists of Scholarships and Community Service opportunities.

Organizations Accepting Community Service Volunteers:
DC Central Kitchen – Every day, volunteers like you help us transform 3,000 pounds of donated food into 5,000 balanced meals that are distributed at little or no cost to 88 nearby homeless shelters, transitional homes, and nonprofit organizations, saving them money and nourishing their clients.
Thrive DC – Thrive DC works to prevent and end homelessness in Washington, DC by providing vulnerable people with a wide range of services to help stabilize their lives. Founded in 1979 to serve dinner to homeless women, Thrive DC has grown to be a comprehensive, professionally staffed, bilingual organization serving more than 2,000 men, women, and children each year. We are a safety net for people experiencing homelessness, unemployment, housing instability, and food insecurity. With our help, our clients take the first steps toward independence and self-sufficiency. For more information about community service opportunities, please contact Greg Rockwell, Volunteer and Communications Coordinator at
Arnold Place – A new HIV-focused transitional home, we call “A Place of Serenity,” will open in Oxon Hill, Prince George’s County, MD less than 5′ from the District of Columbia for homeless pregnant teens and homeless troubled teen girls. Outreach and groundbreaking initiatives provide resolve in this specific community of at-risk homeless young ladies prior to opening. Through an environment unlike the traditional shelter, this, the first Arnold Place, will create a sense of home, have an on-site garden, incorporate organic and healthy living components and continue its theme of sustainability. Tracy believes that homeless young ladies should never look like what they’ve been through, so an on-site clothing closet and mini-salon will compliment our efforts to empower their entire self-esteem. For more information about community service opportunities, please contact (202) 805-5173.
Girls On The Run – Girls on the Run is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The 20-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community. Visit to learn more about volunteering opportunities.

QUICK LOOK! September – November Scholarships
Stokes Educational Scholarship Program
Deadline – October 31st
AES Engineering Scholarship
Deadline – October 7th
Horatio Alger Scholarship
Deadline – October 15th
CIA undergraduate scholarship program
Deadline – October 15th
Coca-Cola Scholarship
October 31st
Ron Brown Scholarship
Deadline – November 1st
Omega Psi Phi National Scholarship
Deadline – November 1st
VFW: Voices of Democracy Scholarship Competition
Deadline – November 1st
Intel Science Talent Search Scholarship
Deadline – November 16th
National Security Language Initiative for Youth – Scholarship to Study Language Abroad
Deadline – October 31st

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Based in Washington, D.C., The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation`s largest non-profit provider of college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI). The APIASF General Scholarship Application is now available!
Click here for the scholarship application. Deadline – January 11, 2017 11:59pm EST

SCAD Challenge
Your unique artistic vision could earn you a scholarship to SCAD, The University for Creative Careers. The SCAD Challenge competition series gives you the opportunity to showcase your talents. Entries must demonstrate creativity, innovation and a strong understanding of aesthetics. Let your design speak to your skill level and ability to handle university-level design assignments. Challenges are open to current juniors and seniors in high school as of the 2016-17 academic year. A panel of SCAD faculty will review and evaluate your submitted entry, and three winners will be selected from each category.
Click here for more information.
Online applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. ET, Dec. 15, 2016.
Submit your work. Artwork must be submitted by 5 p.m. ET, Feb. 3, 2017.

Washington Regional Transplant Community Scholarship
Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) is pleased to announce two scholarships available to your high school seniors: Leslie Ebert Legacy of Life Essay and Leslie Ebert Legacy of Life Video. Applicable students can apply for both scholarships. We are excited to announce that two of the ten scholarships will be $5,000 scholarships. WRTC is the federally designated, non-profit organization responsible for the recovery of donated organs, eyes and tissues in the Washington, D.C. area. We have established these scholarships for two reasons: to honor those who have given the gift of life, and to spread public awareness about the impact that organ, eye and tissue donation has on many in our community and across the nation. The Leslie Ebert Memorial Fund will award one $5,000 first place, one $3,000 second place, and three $1,000 honorable mentions for both scholarships. A total of $22,000 will be awarded to selected students who submit a persuasive essay and/or video convincing individuals to register to be organ, eye and tissue donors.
Click here for Entry Form. Deadline – 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017
Click here for Scholarship Rules.

Doodle for Google Scholarship
What does the future look like? Are cities built in the clouds? Is it a place where everyone gets along – even cats and dogs? Or maybe a world where nobody ever gets sick? With the Google homepage as their canvas, young artists are invited to reach into their imagination and share what they see for the future. The winner’s artwork will be featured on the Google homepage. Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the 2016 Doodle 4 Google contest, and create a doodle that tells the world “What I see for the future.” From crayons to clay, graphic design, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creation to life. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The contest is open for entries from September 14, 2016 to December 2, 2016.
Click here for more information. Deadline – December 2, 2016

YoungArts Foundation Scholarship
The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. YoungArts aspires to create a community of alumni that provides a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.
Click here for the application. Deadline – Friday, October 14, 2016 by 11:59pm EST

Questbridge National College Match Scholarship
A college and scholarship application that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to 38 of the nation’s most selective colleges.
Click here for more information. Deadline – Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by 11:59 p.m. PST

Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Scholars Summer Program
The OSSE Scholars Program provides high-achieving, academically-motivated students who exhibit financial need with the opportunity to attend selective summer college programs. As an OSSE Scholar, students attend top-tier universities across the country for rigorous summer courses. The program offers early exposure to college-level academics, navigating a college environment, and, at certain universities, earning college credit. Open to high performing (3.2 GPA and above) high school sophomores and juniors. Interviews tentatively scheduled to be held between November 21 – December 2, 2016. For more information, contact
Click here for application. Deadline – October 21, 2016

Suited 4 Success Spring Break College Tour
Suited 4 Success successfully runs yearly college tours along the East Coast. Our goal is to allow students to visit colleges and universities so they can learn first-hand from admissions counselors and students what each school has to offer.
Click here for registration & information.

GIRLS IN TECHNOLOGY – Free STEM Mentoring Program
GIT’s Mentor-Protégé Program is designed to demonstrate and explain Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) career paths to high school aged girls. GIT hosts five program sessions where girls explore STEM careers and develop confidence through hands on STEM demos, Q&A with distinguished guest panels, and mentoring sessions with professional women in STEM. Girls will have the chance to ask mentors questions and get direct answers on learning about new opportunities, as well as how to navigate challenges they face in school and society. GIT enables girls so that they can take their STEM skills from the classroom to the boardroom. GIT Mentor-Protégé program also provides scholarship opportunities and experience-based awards to GIT Protégés. 6:00 – 8:30 PM, 4th Tuesdays (10/2016 – 3/2017)
Click here for flyer & information.

Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards
Songwriters from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia are eligible to compete for the top prize of $10,000. A young songwriter under 18 years old will also receive $2,500. The competition will conclude with a performance by the award nalists on March 3, 2017 at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. The award winners will be announced at the close of the show. For contest rules and application, please visit or call 301-215-6660.
Click here for application. Deadline – November 4, 2016

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