District Of Columbia Scholarships

Washington, D.C. is the capitol of the nation and the seat of our national government. It features more lawyers per square inch than any other place in the known world. Consequently, the District of Columbia is also the birthplace of over 80% of the nation's lawyer jokes.

While home to just 20 institutions of higher learning, the District of Columbia features some of the most well regarded schools in the nation. Examples include Georgetown University, Howard University and George Washington University. Many students want to study in D.C. because of its proximity to power and the networking opportunities it can provide. Therefore, competition for most universities can be stiff.

Healthcare is big here as evidenced by its three medical schools. Scholarship opportunities should be available for those interested in studying healthcare. Other scholarship opportunities should exist in fields such as accounting, law, teaching, media studies, architecture, history, social sciences and much more.

Click on any of the links below to further explore the depth and breadth of scholarship opportunities in the District of Columbia. 

The Dwight P. Jacobus Scholarships

The Dwight P. Jacobus Scholarships were established by the Association of School Business Officials of Maryland and the District of Columbia to assist those citizens of the State and/or District who require financial assistance to secure a college education. Scholarships are awarded to deserving undergraduate students pursuing a career in Business or Education at an accredited institution of higher education within Maryland or the District of Columbia. Dwight P. Jacobus was the first Executive Director of ASBO. Number of Scholarships Eight (8) scholarships may be awarded each year. At least one scholarship will be awarded to an individual enrolled in an approved program leading to teacher certification. Criteria for Award Awards are made by the Association of School Business Officials of Maryland and the District of Columbia based upon: Scholastic achievement Financial need Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) scores or American College Test (ACT) scores Quality of extra-curricular achievements Value of Award Each scholarship has a value of $1,000.00 for the school year awarded; to be paid directly to the school in which the recipient is enrolled. Renewal Each recipient may retain the award subject to the following conditions: A recipient must reapply for continued scholarship assistance annually The recipient must continue to be accepted for admission to the undergraduate program in education or business The recipient must be enrolled full-time as defined by the recipient's attending school The recipient must submit proof of continued academic good standing (minimum 3.0 GPA) The recipient may receive the award for not more than four years Eligibility Scholarships may be awarded only to persons who have: Been residents of Maryland or the District of Columbia for at least one year preceding the date of award Been accepted for admission as a full time student (as defined by the recipient's attending school) Demonstrated a financial need A minimum 2.0 overall GPA Applicants Who Will Be Considered High School graduates Current freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior college students Application A student who wishes to be considered must file an application and supporting documents with the Chair of the Scholarship Committee for ASBO of Maryland and the District of Columbia, no later than March 1. Correspondence must be postmarked by March 1 and sent to: Ms.Margaret Ellen Kalmanowicz ASBO MD/DC Scholarship Committee Chair Queen Anne's County Public Schools 202 Chesterfield Road Centreville, MD 21617

AOTF District of Columbia Scholarship

Applicants must be currently enrolled and have completed at least 1 year of occupational therapy specific coursework in an AOTA accredited or developing post-professional level program OR enrolled in an occupational therapy assistant program. One scholarship awarded annually to a student currently enrolled in the occupational therapy education program at the Howard University and who resides in the Washington, DC metropolitan area (i.e., the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia). Scholarship amount TBD.

Innovators of Progress

This program is designed to identify motivated college-age students seeking to acquire an entrepreneurial mindset and provide them with financial aid and seed capital for their progressive ideas in science, technology, engineering, math, healthcare, finance, infrastructure, literacy, and business (“applicable industries”). Until graduation, selected scholars will receive $1,000* per semester towards tuition expenses and $1,000* per semester towards their submitted idea. The awards are renewed, prior to the start of the next semester, based on demonstrated effort and progress by the student.

KASF Scholarship - Eastern Region

A Korean student currently enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program is qualified to apply. Applicants are judged on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and community service. For the Eastern Region, schools must be located in either: New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, or Kentucky.

Innovation in Education Scholarship

LA Tutors awards a monthly $500 Innovation Scholarship to high school and college students who showcase their creativity and make a positive impact.

DC-CAP Last Dollar Award

DC Public and Public Charter School graduates meeting eligibility criteria and enrolled in an accredited two-year, four-year college, university or vocational school, are eligible to apply for DC-CAP Last Dollar Awards, for up to $2,070 per year for five years. The awards are based on unmet need and are designed to close the financial need gap between the students' resources, financial aid and the actual college expenses. Since its inception, DC-CAP has awarded more than 15,660 scholarship awards totaling approximately $28 million dollars. How to Apply for the Last Dollar Award? Submit a completed DC-CAP Authorization Form Complete the FAFSA and DC TAG Applications Submit copies of the following: Student Aid Report (SAR), Financial Aid Award Letter, and grades for the previous semesters/years in college. Note: The minimum GPA requirement to be eligible for the award is a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students whose GPA falls below a 2.0 are encouraged to contact the Retention Office for academic counseling. Last Dollar Award Priority Deadlines are May 31 for entering freshmen and upperclassmen renewals for the Fall.

MusicAuthority’s Annual Music Lovers Scholarship

MusicAuthority recognizes the positive impact that music can have on a student’s learning experience. Studies have shown how music can enhance learning- from improving memory performance to relieving anxiety, music can be a great component to aid a student’s college experience. We are proud to offer our $1,000 scholarship to one current or prospective student. We will be offering this scholarship on a continual basis and we are excited to promote a passion for music and higher education.

Congressional Scholarship Award

The Congressional Scholarship Award program provides financial support for college students who wish to attend the Institute on Business and Government Affairs (IBGA) at Georgetown University. The Institute has become the premier training program for future leaders in business, government and politics. Through academic study, internships in corporate governmental affairs offices and trade associations and in panel discussions with leaders in the profession, students gain an appreciation for the essential interplay between business and government and its effect on our nation's future.The Congressional Scholarship Award Dinner is held annually in Washington to honor a senator for his or her contributions to our nation and its young people. Proceeds from the dinner are used to fund Institute scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding undergraduate students based on leadership skills, academics and campus and community involvement.

Clubs of America

Eligible students will: Write an essay of no fewer than 600 words about their career aspirations and how their current course load will help them achieve success in their careers. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Thinking outside the box is encouraged! Email their essay as a .doc or .pdf attachment to: YouTube submissions are optional, although not required. Video should be no longer than 5 minutes. (Essays submitted via YouTube must also be submitted in writing.)

The Scholarship Fund of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs

Students attending the universities listed below on a full time basis and meet all other criteria are eligible to apply for an award from the GWSCPA Scholarship Fund. These schools offer either a BS or BA degree in accounting or have graduate level programs that qualify for the 150 (semester) hour requirement for graduates to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination. Schools eligible for GWSCPA’ Scholarship Fund: American University Catholic University Gallaudet University George Washington University Georgetown University Howard University University of the District of Columbia

Activia Training Annual Scholarship Award

Activia Training are pleased to offer a $1,500 annual scholarship for college, university, high school or trade school students in the US. There is no specific course of study required, and you can use the money in whatever way that you feel benefits your studies the most. There will be two scholarship awards of $750 each year, awarded in November and May as follows: - The video winner will receive $500 - The essay format winner will receive $250 Furthermore, all entries adjudged to be of a suitable standard will be eligible for an “expenses award” as follows: - YouTube videos: $20 - Blog articles: $15 To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be at least 16 years of age and attending, or have secured a place, at a college, university, high school or trade school in the US. For more information on how to apply (and to submit your essay or video), visit our website at

SelectSpace Scholarship

Selectspace scholarship At SelectSpace Partitions, we are proud to offer a scholarship program for students in the process of pursuing a college degree. The awarded student will receive $500 to be used towards expenses for his or her degree. Who may apply? U.S. citizens accepted to or currently attending a college or university within the United States. The winner will be required to provide proof of acceptance to your college or university, or a college transcript. Deadline: Applications must be submitted via the web form by November 30. Next Steps: The award recipient will be notified of the selection on or around December 31. The scholarship award is to be used exclusively for school tuition or related expenses. A check for $500 will be made payable to the award recipient’s college or university. The recipient is expected to submit receipts in accordance with IRS regulations.

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