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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. http://dcps.dc.gov/page/office-student-affairs

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 greg@thrivedc.org
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 http://www.gotrdc.org/get-involved/volunteer to learn more about volunteering opportunities.

Important Financial Aid Reminders

  • CSS Profile: In addition to the FAFSA some schools (click here for a list) require that students also submit the CSS profile in order to receive financial aid. If you haven’t submitted your CSS profile you should do so now. If you need assistance completing your CSS profile please reach out to your DC-CAP, Counselor, or College and Career Coordinator.
  • DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DC TAG) opened February 1 and will accept applications through July 1, but students are encouraged to submit their applications early. Students who will be attending a public college/university, a public or private Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) in the United States, or a private, nonprofit colleges and universities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area are eligible to apply for DCTAG (click here for the other eligibility requirements). If you haven’t submitted your application now is a good time to begin submitting it. Click here for a list of required documents.
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1! As of March 12 1,237 (50%) DCPS students had filled out their FAFSA. If you haven’t filled out your FAFSA, do so today!

Local Scholarships

  • National Capital Environmental Scholarship
    Closing Date:
     April 8
    Amount: $2,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to graduating seniors from high schools in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area and surrounding counties who are planning to pursue environmental careers. Applicants must be accepted prior to receiving the award, into a 4-year bachelor’s program in an acceptable field of study by an institution of higher learning. Acceptable areas of study: environmental sciences, environmental engineering, civil engineering, biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, or natural resource planning – other areas of the environment will also be considered.
  • CGCS- Bernard Harris Scholarship Program
    Closing Date
    : April 12
    Amount: $5,000
    GPA Requirement: 3.0
    Description: CGCS – Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships are available to 2019 graduating high school seniors in school districts represented by the Council of the Great City Schools (including District of Columbia). Four scholarships for two males and two females — $5,000 each — will be awarded to two African American and two Hispanic students on behalf of the former NASA astronaut, physician and businessman, Dr. Bernard Harris.
  • DC State Soceity Daughters of the American Revolution JROTC Scholarship
    Closing Date:
     April 15
    Amount: $2,500 (possible $1,000 renewal)
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has been a member of a JROTC program for at least one year in their sophomore, junior, or senior year, and is planning to pursue a degree at an accredited trade school, college, or university. Applicant must be a resident of the District of Columbia and a United States citizen.
  • She Believes Scholarship
    Closing Date: April 21
    Amount: Laptop
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: The Beautiful Believers, She Believes Scholarship is a laptop scholarship that Beautiful Believers awards to a graduating female senior from the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia area in order to pursue her hopes and dreams in attending the college or university of her choice.
  • Abramson Scholarship
    Closing Date:
     April 26
    Amount: $2,000 (with the possibility of increasing awards of $3,000, $4,000, and $5,000 for each subsequent year in the remaining three years of college)
    GPA Requirement: 2.75
    SAT Score: 1000 Combined SAT Score and Combined Score of 12 or more if you’ve taken the optional Essay or 20 Combined ACT Scores
    Description: Scholarship is open to any D.C. Resident who is graduating in June 2019 from a DC Public School. Applicant must have admission and commitment to attend an accredited four-year college in the United States, demonstrated commitment to community service and an economic need for financial assistance and a maximum family income of $93,000.
  • High Bridge Foundation Scholarship Program
    Closing Date:
     April 30
    Amount: Up to $2,000
    GPA Requirement: 3.0
    Description: The Foundation provides five (5) $2,000 scholarships and seven (7) $1,000 book awards to graduating high school seniors in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area who are facing and overcoming personal and family hardship conditions to pursue post-secondary education at trade schools, community colleges, colleges and/or universities.
  • JSSA Undergraduate Scholarship 
    Closing Date:
     May 3
    Amount: Up to $6,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students who are Jewish and are residents of the metropolitan Washington, DC area.
  • DC Mayor’s Scholars
    Closing Date: July 1 (Application opens April 15)
    Amount: Up to $4,000 per academic year, for up to four years for an associate degree, and up to six years for a bachelor’s degree
    GPA Requirement: 2.5
    Description: The Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program (formerly Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Fund) provides need-based funding for eligible DC residents earning their first associate’s or bachelor’s degree at select area colleges and universities. The program is a last-dollar award designed to fill the gap between a student’s financial aid package and the cost of attendance.

National Scholarships

  • Albertson & Davidson College Scholarship 
    Closing Date: 
    May 1
    Amount: Up to $1,500
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to individuals who are currently attending or are planning on attending an accredited United States college or university during the fall 2019 semester. Applicant must submit an infographic on warning signs of dementia or warning signs of nursing home abuse.
  • American Floral Endowment Scholarship Programs
    Closing Date:
     May 1
    Amount: Up to $4,000
    GPA Requirement: 3.0
    Description: Scholarships are open to students who will be pursuing a career that is in a field related to floriculture or horticulture. Applicant must also be a citizen or resident of the United States or Canada or be enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the United States or Canada.
  • ASHRAE Scholarships
    Closing Date
    : May 1
    Amount: Up to $5,000
    GPA Requirement: 3.0
    Description: Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors and current college freshmen who are/will be pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Engineering degree in a course of study that traditionally has been preparatory curriculum for the HVAC&R profession.
  • Brower Youth Awards for Environmental Leadership
    Closing Date: May 1
    Amount: $3,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to environmental change leaders ages 13 to 22 (as of Jul. 1, 2019) living in North America (including Mexico, Canada, and some Caribbean Islands) and U.S. Territories.
  • Family Fellowship
    Closing Date:
     May 1
    Amount: Up to $90,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students who have been in foster care while living in the United States. Applicant must have been in public or private foster care for the 12 consecutive months leading up to and including their 18th birthday OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship from foster care after their 13th birthday OR have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday.
  • PUSH Excel Scholarship
    Closing Date: 
    May 1
    Amount: Up to $5,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarships are open to U.S. citizens who will be enrolled in an accredited, four-year degree undergraduate program at a college or university in the U.S. by August 2019. Applicant must demonstrate the ability to overcome obstacles to achieve academic and personal goals.
  • Rover Scholarship
    Closing Date: 
    May 1
    Amount: $2,500
    GPA Requirement: 3.0
    Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. residents who are graduating high school seniors or college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to technology.
  • Visionary Scholarship
    Closing Date:
     May 1
    Amount: Up to $5,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are United States citizens or eligible non-citizens. Applicant must submit an essay on why college is important to them.
  • Warrior’s Legacy Scholarship 
    Closing Date:
     May 1
    Amount: $5,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students who have a parent/guardian with proper service certification (police, EMT, paramedic, fire fighter, military).
  • Soozie Courter Hemophilia Scholarship
    Closing Date: May 3
    Amount: Up to $4,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate and graduate students who have been diagnosed with hemophilia A or hemophilia B.
  • Asia SiVon Cottom Memorial Scholarship
    Closing Date: May 6
    Amount: Up to $2,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll, or students who are already enrolled, in a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate course of study at an accredited two or four-year college, university, vocational-technical, or graduate student. Applicant must be studying Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) or a closely related field.
  • Scholarships for Students with Autism
    Closing Date: 
    May 6
    Amount: $3,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current students attending two or four-year universities, life skills or post-secondary programs, or vocational, technical, or trade schools. Applicant must face daily challenges related to autism and attend programs that assist in skill-building, job-readiness, and other transition-related skills.
  • Nikon Small World Contest
    Closing Date: 
    May 15
    Amount: $1,500
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to incoming freshman and current college students who will be enrolled during the Fall of 2019. Applicant must be caring for an aging loved one, working within the senior community, or intending to pursue a career that will have an impact on the elder population.
  • All-Star College Scholarship
    Closing Date:
      May 15
    Amount: Up to $5,000 every semester (for a four-year institution)
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to incoming college freshmen under the age of 20 who have been adopted at or after the age of thirteen.
  • Pledge Your #Collegiance
    Closing Date:
     May 15
    Amount: Up to $6,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Contest is open to legal residents of the United States who will be attending college for the first time in the fall of 2019. Applicant must upload a video to Instagram announcing their college decision.
  • Scott-McKenna Memorial Scholarship
    Closing Date:
     May 30
    Amount: Up to $2,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students with a career interest in the outdoors. Candidates with an interest in Natural Resources, Forestry, Rangeland Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Agriculture, or related fields are eligible for the scholarship. Photography and journalism majors, with a special interest in wildlife outdoor photography/journalism are also eligible.
  • Cottage Inn Scholarship
    Closing Date: May 31
    Amount: Up to $2,500
    GPA Requirement: 3.0
    Description: Scholarship is open to students accepted into an accredited college or university in the United States who have at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must submit an essay on where they think Cottage Inn should open their next location. Open to all majors.
  • Fadel Educational Foundation Scholarship
    Closing Date:
     May 31
    Amount: $3,500
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to current college students are who Muslim and U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Fifth Month Scholarship
    Closing Date:
     May 31
    Amount: $3,500
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2025) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant must “write a letter to the number five explaining why five is important.”
  • Foot Locker Foundation, Inc-UNCF Scholarship
    Closing Date: 
    May 31
    Amount: Up to $5,000
    GPA Requirement: 2.5
    Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students attending one of the 37 UNCF member colleges or universities during the fall 2019 term.
  • Peck Law Firm Scholarship
    Closing Date:
     May 31
    Amount: $2,000
    GPA Requirement: 3.0
    Description: Scholarship is open to any American citizen who will graduate from high school before July 1, 2019. Only students who have a 3.0 GPA or higher and are seeking a law-related degree may apply for the scholarship. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to child custody.
  • Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarships
    Closing Date: May 31
    Amount: Up to $2,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to high school juniors (Class of 2020) who reside anywhere in the United States and play for a high school team or club sport.
  • Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC Scholarship
    Closing Date:
     May 31
    Amount: $5,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to drinking and driving.
  • For a list of over 25 $1,000 scholarships with May deadlines click here.