A Guide to College Scholarships and Grants in Washington DC

Washington DC has numerous resources one can access in regards to obtaining scholarships and grants.  Since the Internet is easily accessible nowadays, one might want to use it to find the necessary information.  There are numerous schools and websites that have lists of scholarships that are up for grabs.  One good chance would be to search the college and university websites.  For example, one can search the website at Howard University.

Howard University has its HUFS Program (Howard University Freshman Scholarship) for eligible and accepted First-Time-in-college students.  This is a first-come and first-serve scholarship program for those that wish to attend school at Howard University.  It comes in the following levels: Legacy, Capstone, Founders, Laureate, and Presidential.  For Presidential, you have to maintain a 3.5 GPA.  It covers your tuition, other college fees, room, and boarding.  Plus, you get a $950 voucher for books.  Plus, you get a laptop computer.

Howard University also has the Trustee Tuition Scholarship.  Plus, there are the ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) scholarships, Fredrick Douglass Scholarship, the Mordecai Wyatt Johnson Scholarship, the Transfer Scholarship, and so forth.

You could also look at George Washington University. 

You can also look at Scholarships.com to look at various DC-central scholarships.  Some examples would be the following: Carson Scholars Fund, EMU National Scholars Program, JSU Alabama McGee Scholarship, Columbus Citizens Foundation College Scholarship, Roothbert Fund Scholarship, Horace Mann Educator Scholarship, MD & DC Credit Union College Scholarship, and so forth. 

There are specific scholarship programs as well.  One example would be the Muslim Sister Scholarship.  This helps young Muslim women within the DC Metropolitan Area pay for college.  There is also the DC Adoption Scholarship which helps those that were adopted after October 1, 2001 as a result of the Adoption Voucher Act of 2001.  Children who lost one or both parents after September 11, 2001 aka 9/11 are also eligible for the scholarship.  Students must be adopted from the DC Child & Family services. 

The Washington DC-based Aspen Institute offers its William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students.  Each year, this scholarship is awarded up to three times.  As one of the requirements, recipients must internship at the Aspen Institute in DC between twelve to fifteen hours a week.

The website of Money Matters 101 has its own list of scholarship programs for the Washington DC area.  One such scholarship program is the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship for the District of Columbia Public Schools.  Another is the DCLEAP (DC Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program) scholarship.

On the Gates Foundation website page on scholarships, there is the DC Achievers Scholarship Program.  Select students in six Washington DC high schools in low-income communities will be eligible for this scholarship.

There are plenty of grants and scholarships available in the Washington DC area.  Your best bet would be to check search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo!, etc.  Also, you should check with the colleges and universities around the Washington DC Metropolitan area.  Other places to check would be non-profit and non-governmental organizations.  Since Washington DC also serves as a hub of information, due to the White House and Congress being set there, you can also check with the offices of elected politicians.