Scholarship Opportunities March 15, 2015

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The Latino/a Law Students' Association (LaLSA) at American University Washington College of Law is offering scholarships to Latino/a high school seniors. The scholarship committee reviews applications considering, but not limited to the following factors: Latino background, demonstrated desire to obtain a post-secondary education, financial need, demonstrated involvement and commitment to serve the Latino community, and academic and/or professional achievement. See Ms. Bean for an application.  Deadline for applications is March 18, 2015.  


H Street Community Development Corporation is offering a $10,000 ($2500 per year for four years) John A. Wilson Scholarship to students who attend DC public or charter schools, and who reside in Wards 5, 6, or 7, who have demonstrated financial need.  Applications are also being accepted electronically on their website, H Street CDC, or see Ms. Bean for an application.  Deadline for applications is March 31, 2015.


Kappa Alpha Psi offers scholarships of various sizes to graduating seniors going to a four-year college or university.  Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or above, financial need, and be involved in school/community activities.  For more information you can write to and for an application go to:  Deadline for applications is March 31, 2015.


Legacy of Life Scholarship Essay and Video Contest.  The Washington Regional Transplant Community is offering $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 scholarships.  To win, high school seniors must write an essay or produce a video on: "Organ & Tissue Donation: Persuade Someone to Give the Gift of a Lifetime."   For more information go to  Deadline for applications is March 31, 2015.


The National Society of Black Engineers Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Professional Chapter Future Innovators Scholarship Award is a merit-based scholarship awarded to students planning to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. $1,000 scholarship awards will be presented to students who NSBE DC feels will demonstrate the greatest promise as future African-American technical professionals. Applicants must be African-American high school seniors residing in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. The application can be downloaded here:    If you have any questions, please contact the scholarship committee at or the Pre-College Initiative Chair at  Deadline for applications is April 1, 2015.

The Abelson Law Firm Teen Safety Scholarship offers a scholarship to heighten awareness of cyberbullying, while supporting a school program that raises awareness and seeks prevention. This scholarship is open to high school seniors in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia who will be pursuing a college degree.  Applicants must create an original 1 minute or less PSA video in an effort to get students committed to the cause of deleting cyberbullying. The link to all the scholarship information and rules are on this page: First prize is $2000, 2nd prize is $1000, and 3rd prize is $500. Deadline for applications is April 1, 2015.


The Lambda Gamma Gamma (LGG) Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, is sponsoring  an annual COL Charles Young Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest.  LGG will award over $30,000.00 in stipends this year.  This contest is open to all Seniors who plan to enroll in an accredited college or university during the summer/fall of 2015.  Details regarding the scholarship opportunities can be found at: Applications must be mailed and postmarked (date stamped by the Post Office, no exceptions) to the Scholarship Committee by April 6, 2015.


The Oracle Set Foundation is offering the Claudette Franklin Ford Memorial Scholarships ranging from $500- $2000.  Applicants must write an essay of 750 words or less on the topic: "What is the most important issue facing young adults in Washington, D.C."  See Sandy Bean for an application.  Deadline for applications is April 10, 2015.    


Taiwanese American Community Scholarship Award is a $500 scholarship and a plaque. The scholarship isopen to all high school seniors from all ethnic groups.  

The application form and package can be downloaded at this link: (Online submission is recommended. Please access the following link for online submission: Deadline for applications is April 13, 2015.

Zumper, a free apartment rental search site, is sponsoring a $500 college scholarship. Scholarship link: Deadline for applications is April 15, 2015. 


Altruists Club Scholarship is a $1,500 scholarship to a high school senior in a DC public or charter high school who has a maximum GPA of 2.0 to 2.5, has financial need, demonstrates leadership qualities and has the potential to succeed in an institution of higher learning. Applicants must write a 250 word essay describing his/her career goals. Applications should be sent to: or mailed to Mrs. Gloria W. Clanton 3100 Q St., SE, Washington, DC 20020. See Sandy Bean for more information. Deadline for applications is April 15, 2015.


DC State Athletic Association Student Athlete Scholarship offer a variety of scholarships to students who have lettered in a varsity sport for two years and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.  See Ms. Bean for an application.  Deadline for applications is April 17, 2015.   


The Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation, Inc., in conjunction with Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is accepting applications for its scholarships to deserving young students attending DC public and public charter high schools.  For more information about the Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation go to:  Deadline for applications is April 17, 2015.


Phi Beta Kappa High School Awards Program is offering up to 3 Ruth Knee Merit Awards of $1,000 each to recipients living in the Washington D.C. area to use towards college tuition. See Sandy Bean for more information or go to Phi Beta Kappa website. The deadline for applications is April 20, 2015.  


Abramson Scholarship Foundation offers $2000 scholarships to students who attend a DC public high school, are D.C. residents, have admission to and commitment to attend an accredited four-year college in the United States as a candidate for a degree, have a demonstrated commitment to community service, have an economic need for financial assistance and a family income of less than $70,000, have a solid academic record demonstrated by an overall 2.75 GPA or better, at least 1500 combined among critical reading, math, and writing SAT scores, and a score of 6 or above on the essay section of the SAT.  See Ms. Bean for an application.  Deadline for applications is April 27, 2015.  


Kappa Gamma Chapter of Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority will award $1000 scholarships to two graduating African American female high school students.  For more information contact Marsha McCune at or 301/802-7900 or see Ms. Bean for an application.  Deadline for applications is April 30, 2015.  


Army Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships to students whose parent(s) serve, or formerly served, in the U.S. Army or National Guard.  Applicants are required to submit a 300-word essay on one of six topics.  See Ms. Bean for an application.  Deadline for applications is May1, 2015.  


Mary Jane Simpson Scholarship is a $6000 scholarship, disbursed in $1,500 installments for each year of college. It is a scholarship for students who have overcome great personal obstacles, including very low income, and who have demonstrated capacity and great personal determination to succeed in school and to help others.  See Sandy Bean for an application. Deadline for applications is May 1, 2015.


The Congressional Black Caucus sponsors four scholarship opportunities:

  • CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship: The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship was established in 2006 for students who are pursuing a career in the visual arts. Deadline: May 1, 2015.

  • CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship: Established in the year 2000, the CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts scholarship program was developed in honor of the late Curtis Mayfield to ensure that students pursuing a career in the performing arts receive the financial assistance to achieve their goals. Deadline: May 1 2015.

  • CBC Spouses Education Scholarship: The CBC Spouses Education scholarship is a national program that awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated students who intend to pursue full-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees. Deadline: May 22nd 2015.

For more information contact Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton's N.E. District Office @ (202) 408-9041. Applications can be submitted on line at  


The D.C. Federation of Civic Associations offers the Diggs Scholarship and other special scholarships based on need, academic promise and a commitment to serve the community. All scholarships and prizes are for one year only. Scholarships range from $3,000 to $500 for Diggs scholarships. A Joseph W. Carter Academic Prize of $500 is also granted. The Prize provides money to help with books and supplies for a student who has achieved a high grade-point average, and has won a full scholarship for regular expenses.


An application is available at  The deadline for the application isMay 15, 2015.


The College Sports Recruiting Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship for eligible high school seniors. The College Sports Recruiting Scholarship will be awarded to 1-5 winners each year. The details for the contest and eligibility rules are available on the webpage.  Deadline for applications is July 1, 2015. 


D.C. State Athletic Association Student-Athlete Scholarship Awards Program provides $1,000 college scholarships to 17 of the District's top high school student-athletes as part of the DCSAA's partnerships with Modell's Sporting Goods and Wendy's restaurants. The scholarships are designated for D.C. high school seniors who have played at least two seasons of varsity sports and maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average. More information and an application can be found at Deadline for applications is December 31, 2015.   


Other opportunities:


Explainers Program at the National Air and Space

Museum is a program where high school and college  students are able to work at the Museum teaching science to visitors through interactive demonstrations and other activities. High school students volunteer for the first 100 hours to satisfy graduation requirements, and then are hired on as paid staff at the Museum. The Museum is looking for applicants to the program again to start this spring/summer and taking applications on a rolling basis.

The first set of interviews will be April 12th, so the sooner applications are completed the better. The application and more information can be found at



Partners of Americas 2015 YOUTH AMBASSADORS PROGRAM TO COLOMBIA is a US State Department-funded summer travel exchange with Colombia, South America for American high school students. DC students are encouraged to apply! 

Selected youth and their mentor will travel to Washington, DC and Colombia for about 4 weeks from July 7th - August 1, 2015. Youth Ambassadors will have the opportunity to:

  1. Appreciate similarities and differences between the US and Colombia as well as South America in general.

  2. Learn about Colombia's history, culture, politics, environment, and language.

  3. Develop the skills needed to be a positive leader in their communities.

  4. Explore societal challenges and create a service project for their community.

  5. Connect to a network of volunteers and community leaders including other youth throughout the hemisphere.

Applicants must be US citizens; high school students 15-17 at the date of travel (graduating seniors may not apply); able to communicate effectively in Spanish; and in good academic standing.

This is a free program!!   

For more information and an application to to:   



FOR JUNIORS: United Planning Organization's Joseph A. Beavers Scholarship is accepting applications from high school juniors who have a family income that meets the 2015 federal poverty guidelines. The scholarship includes: $10,000 towards college, a full year of college readiness support (financial aid, writing workshops, and access to college tours), referrals for parents to other UPO programs, additional scholarship information. See Sandy Bean for an application or go to: . The deadline is May 1, 2015.


DESIGN in ACTION is an opportunity for 11th grade DC Public School High School students to work in top DC architecture firms during their spring break. Students will gain an inside look at the profession, valuable contacts, certification of completion for their resumes, etc.  For more information go to: 


American University's School of International Service high school program offers scholarships to students based on merit and need.   Students in the program enroll in a three-credit college class that blends one week of online learning with two weeks of traditional on-campus classes.   Classes are complemented with guest speakers, briefings at embassies and organizations (such as the State Department and the World Bank), and workshops to build college skills.   The dates of the program are July 6 to 24. (The online portion is from July 6 to 12 and the on-campus segment is from July 13 to 24). This summer's classes include "Worlds Apart, Worlds Together:  Conflict, Culture, and Cooperation" and "Diplomacy and Dictators:  U.S. Foreign Policy in An Uncertain World."  For more information, please go to:   Or contact Page Hogan at 202-885-2442 or  Deadline for applications is May 1, 2015.

Howard University has partnered with the American Advertising Federation (AAF) to host a week long summer Advertising Camp for high school students interested in the following careers: media, marketing, advertising, digital arts etc. This year's camp is July 12 - 17, 2015 and takes place on the campus of Howard University.  Scholarships are available! This is a terrific opportunity and space is limited.  More information can be found at:


Thanks to Sherry Ettleson for compiling this information for the College and Career Center.  Information about these opportunities are offered as a service, but are not endorsed by the school.  

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