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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
QUICK LOOK! September – November Scholarships
Quest Bridge Scholarship
Deadline – September 26th
Stokes Educational Scholarship Program
Deadline – October 31st
Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Deadline – September 15
AES Engineering Scholarship
Deadline – October 7th
Horatio Alger Scholarship
Deadline – October 15th
CIA undergraduate scholarship program
Deadline – October 15th
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
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 Mike.Andrews@dc.gov.
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 www.bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660.
Click here for application. Deadline – November 4, 2016
Search Engines & Scholarship Programs
www.fastweb.com – create a profile and let fastweb do the research for you
www.myscholly.com – mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college
www.cashcourse.org – information for college students to stay financially informed
www.cksf.org – educational & scholarship opportunities for students of all levels
www.cappex.com – free website where you learn which colleges want you, before you apply
www.scholarships.com – free college scholarship search and financial aid information
www.scholarshipamerica.org – provides information and resources for your scholarship search
www.knowhow2go.org – complete information on college prep, whether in middle school or seniors
www.hsf.net – largest provider of college financial aid for Latino students
www.thurgoodmarshallfund.net – provide scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
www.gmsp.org – The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program provides outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose
www.collegefund.org – provides Native students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities
www.dellscholars.org – Dell Scholars Program recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance
www.uncf.org – awards 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarship and internship programs so that students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books and room and board
www.zinch.com – connect with scholarships and learn about colleges