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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!
  • Current college students remember you need to submit your FAFSA, CSS Profile and DC-TAG application every year!

Local Scholarships

  • Samuel L. Chappell Family UMDC Scholarship
    Closing Date: 
    March 20
    Amount: Up to $40,000 over four years ($5,000 per semester for first two semesters)
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: The University of Michigan Alumni Club of Greater Washington D.C. offers one need-based scholarship per year to a promising student from the Washington D.C. metropolitan region. The scholarship is for a student who enrolls at Michigan for the upcoming academic year and is for up to $40,000 over four years. Applicants must have applied to the University of Michigan, but do not have to have been accepted yet. Acceptance of the scholarship is dependent on enrollment at the University of Michigan.
  • The Louis Goaziou Lodge #1953 Scholarship Program
    Closing Date:
     March 29
    Amount: $500
    GPA Requirement: 2.5
    Description: The Louis Goaziou Lodge #1953 Scholarship Program is open to all high school seniors currently enrolled in a Washington, D.C. or surrounding metro area high school in the 2018 – 2019 school year who are planning to attend an accredited U.S. college or other educational program starting in the 2019 – 2020 school year. Eligible students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be in good academic standing, as well as take and pass the attached Quiz about Freemasonry in the history of the United States and today.
  • Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund
    Closing Date: March 31
    Amount: Varies
    GPA Requirement: 2.5
    Description: Scholarship is open to current seniors at DC Public and Charter schools who have a 2.5 or higher GPA, demonstrate financial need (must submit FAFSA), are involved in their school and community activities and be accepted as a full-time student in an accredited four-year institution of higher learning for the fall semester of 2019-2020. The award will be made upon receipt of verification of enrollment.
  • Esperanza Education Fund Scholarship
    Closing Date: April 1
    Amount: Up to $20,000 over four years
    GPA Requirement: 3.0
    Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors at a high school in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia or a recent GED grad residing in DC, Maryland or Virginia. Applicant must have been born outside the U.S. or have two parents who were born outside of the U.S. There is no citizenship or legal residence requirements.
  • Polish American Arts Association Scholarship 
    Closing Date: 
    April 1
    Amount: Up to $5,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A        

    Description:
     Scholarship is open to American Citizens who are of Polish or Polish-American descent and who are residents of Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia, or a student at an institution in one of these jurisdictions. Applicant must be a full-time college student, currently enrolled at an accredited college/university in the United States, with confirmed future attendance at an institution in the Summer/Fall of 2019.
  • D.C. Area Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Association
    Closing Date: April 5
    Amount: $1,000
    GPA Requirement: 3.5
    Description: D.C. PBK will present an award for $1000 to three students from the D.C. metro area who display sustained interest in the liberal arts and sciences, love of learning, and civic responsibility.
  • Ira Dorsey Scholarship Endowment Fund
    Closing Date: April 6
    Amount: $1,500
    GPA Requirement: 2.5
    Description: Scholarship is open to any male graduating senior that lives within the greater Washington DC Metropolitan area (DC, MD, VA), has a 2.5 or better GPA on a 4.0 scale and plans to attend a four-year college or university. Sons or male dependents of members of Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Incorporated are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • 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.

National Scholarships

  • AgriLegacy Tomorrow, Agricultural Scholarship
    Closing Date:
     April 1
    Amount: $1,000
    GPA Requirement: 2.5
    Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and current full-time college students who will attend college in the 2019-2020 school year. Applicant must be studying an ag-related field and have at least a 2.5 GPA.
  • ANS Scholarship
    Closing Date: April 1
    Amount: Up to $5,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarships are open to incoming college freshmen and current two-year college students pursuing a degree in nuclear science, nuclear engineering, or a nuclear-related field.
  • Distracted Driving Scholarship
    Closing Date:
     April 1
    Amount: $2,000
    GPA Requirement: 3.0
    Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA who will attending an institution of higher learning in the state of West Virginia. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to distracted driving.
  • Frame My Future Contest
    Closing Date:
     April 1
    Amount: Up to $5,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Contest is open to legal U.S. residents who will be a full-time student at a U.S. college or university in the 2019-2020 academic year. Applicant must share how they envision their future. Student can choose to share through poetry, photography, ink, collage, painting, mixed media, or graphic design – as long as it is an original creation.
  • Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship
    Closing Date: 
    April 1
    Amount: $2,000 per year for four years
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors, college freshman, and students transferring who are enrolled, or plan to enroll, full-time at a four-year college or university. Applicant must demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, financial need, and a commitment to public service.
  • Ike Foundation Scholarship
    Closing Date:
     April 1
    Amount: $3,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors who will be pursuing full-time enrollment in a two-year or four-year college or university in the United States. Awards are based on financial need, academic achievement, demonstrated volunteer commitment (preferably in the fishing or conservation world), and a personal statement on how fishing has impacted your life and prepared you for college.
  • MG James Ursano Scholarship Program
    Closing Date: 
    April 1
    Amount: Up to $3,400
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to students under the age of 23 who are dependents of a Soldier on federal active duty, a retired Soldier, or a deceased active or deceased retired Soldier.
  • Lemieux Lovejoy Youth Scholarship
    Closing Date:
     April 13
    Amount: $1,500
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to high school senior girls and recent graduates who will enroll in an accredited college or training program in the fall for their first year of post-secondary study.
  • AGA Scholarships
    Closing Date: 
    April 15
    Amount: Up to $3,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college and graduate students who are pursuing studies in disciplines such as accounting, auditing, budgeting, economics, finance, information technology or public administration.
  • Becker Law Office Scholarship Essay Contest
    Closing Date: 
    April 15
    Amount: Up to $2,500
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students in the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to teenage driving.
  • GAMA Scholarships
    Closing Date:
     April 15
    Amount: $2,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students who are/will be enrolled in an aviation degree core program.
  • Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
    Closing Date:
     April 15
    Amount: $10,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Award is open to students between the ages of eight and 18 years of age who are permanent residents of and currently residing in the U.S. or Canada. Applicant must be currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months.
  • Jackie Spellman Scholarship Foundation Award
    Closing Date:
     April 15
    Amount: Up to $10,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and college students who have been impacted in some way by leukemia or lymphoma. Students majoring in health or nursing related majors may receive priority.
  • Noble National Scholarships
    Closing Date:
     April 15
    Amount: Up to $2,500
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarships are open to African-American students who are incoming or current college students and who are/will be pursuing a degree in any of the social sciences, including technology, forensic investigations, and other criminal investigative studies, to further a career in law enforcement or criminal justice.
  • Scott & Kim Verplank Foundation Scholarship
    Closing Date: 
    April 15
    Amount: Up to $10,000
    GPA Requirement: 3.0
    Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors who have a childhood diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes. Applicant must have a commitment to participating in athletics by actively participating on an organized team.
  • NPG Essay Scholarship Contest
    Closing Date: 
    April 19
    Amount: Up to $2,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicant must write a letter to the 100+ new members of the 116th Congress explaining why US population size and growth are serious problems for our nation.
  • College Scholarship Contest
    Closing Date:
     April 21
    Amount: $2,500
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in a college or university or planning to enroll as a freshman for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to bankruptcy.
  • Mary Quon Moy Ing Memorial Scholarship
    Closing Date:
     April 21
    Amount: Up to $2,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to currently enrolled college students and graduating high school seniors who are pursuing journalism as a career. Applicant must demonstrate journalistic ability, financial need, commitment to the field of journalism and/or sensitivity to Asian American/Pacific Islander issues.
  • Wedding Retouching Company Scholarship
    Closing Date: 
    April 24
    Amount: $2,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to students worldwide who are either accepted into an educational institution or currently attending a college or university with at least a 3.0 GPA and student should be interested in photography or photo editing as a hobby or professionally. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to the next revolution in photography.
  • All About Education Scholarship
    Closing Date:
     April 30
    Amount: $3,000
    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 and are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2025) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.
  • Beauty School Scholarship
    Closing Date: 
    April 30
    Amount: $2,500
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to students planning on attending a program related to the beauty industry (cosmetology, barbering, hair design, nail technology, etc.)
  • Joshua David Gardner Memorial Scholarship
    Closing Date: 
    April 30
    Amount: $2,000
    GPA Requirement: 2.8
    SAT Requirement: 1200
    Description: Scholarship is open to students admitted or enrolled in an accredited four-year historically black college or university (HBCU) in the United States.
  • Nikon Small World Contest
    Closing Date: 
    April 30
    Amount: Up to $3,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Contest is open to anyone worldwide over the age of 18 who have an interest in photography through the microscope.
  • OADP Accounting Degree Scholarship
    Closing Date: 
    April 30
    Amount: $1,500
    GPA Requirement: 3.0
    Description: Scholarship is open to incoming college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors with a declared major in accounting at an accredited four-year institution in the United States.
  • Sara Scholarship
    Closing Date: April 30
    Amount: $2,000
    GPA Requirement: N/A
    Description: Scholarship is open to female high school seniors who have some involvement with the sport of golf.
  • Six Star Scholarship
    Closing Date:
     April 30
    Amount: $15,000
    GPA Requirement: 3.0
    Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of the United States who are between the ages of 18 and 22 years of age and are either graduating high school seniors or current college students. Applicant should be someone who excels in athletics, academics (at least a 3.0 GPA), and community. Applicant must write an essay or create a video (or do both) that shows why you deserve the scholarship. There will be one female and one male scholarship winner.
  • Student Loan Relief Scholarship
    Closing Date:
     April 30
    Amount: $2,500
    GPA Requirement: 3.0
    Description: Scholarship is open to student who are at least 18 years of age and are currently, have been, or will be enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2020) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to a “nice-to-have” thing they would ask for from a genie in a bottle.