The Leadership Initiative for Students with Disabilities

The Washington Center offers a range of scholarships for students with disabilities:

AT&T Scholarships

Diversity & Minority Scholarships

TWC Diversity Leaders AwardProvides $3,000 in financial assistance for housing. Applicants must be able to contribute to the diversity of our students and of Diversity Leaders awardees. Recipients are chosen competitively on the basis of their academic performance and record of involvement and leadership in relevant settings (college or university, community, etc.) as reflected on their application, including their resume and transcript.

Pillar Awards

Pillar Awards for Civic Engagement, Leadership & Professional Achievement

Scholarships for U.S. Students

If you need financial assistance to make your semester or summer in Washington, D.C. possible, review the following scholarship opportunities available through The Washington Center. Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions.


Please note that scholarship recipients may be invited to special events and to take part in activities with donors and that most scholarships are not cumulative (meaning that you receive the largest award for which you qualify).


State Scholarships

The following states or commonwealths provide assistance to qualifying students attending The Washington Center. For current eligibility criteria and amounts of assistance, feel free to confirm with TWC at

Program Costs & Scholarships

Finding Funding

Estimate Your Net Cost of Participation

Although TWC charges program and housing fees, the more relevant consideration is the total you will owe your institution and/or TWC. You may find that a semester or summer with TWC is comparable in cost to what you’d pay for the same term on campus.


Early Deadlines

Early Application Deadlines

Although our staff will ensure that you have an internship related to your professional field if you submit your materials by our regular deadline and are accepted, you should be aware that certain sites have internal deadlines that fall before TWC’s. Some of these organizations, particularly those related to law enforcement, select interns early so that they can process security clearance paperwork. Others request additional application materials beyond those you have prepared for TWC.


Dates & Deadlines

The Washington Center offers programs during the spring, summer and fall. We recommend that you apply by the deadlines posted below, but we often consider applications submitted after these dates if space is available. There are some key dates and deadlines that you should strive to meet for each semester, especially for more competitive programs and scholarship opportunities.

International Students

Along with the standard application requirements for The Washington Center, students attending institutions outside of the U.S. that do not have U.S. citizenship will need to be aware of these additional requirements for their application:



Students Attending U.S. Institutions