Pillar Awards

Pillar Awards for Civic Engagement, Leadership & Professional Achievement Awards

Funding 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 info@twc.edu 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 info@twc.edu.

Program Costs & Scholarships

Finding Funding

Estimate Your Net Cost of Participation

Although TWC charges a program fee and a housing fee, the more relevant consideration is your “net” cost of attendance (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

Disability Services

The Washington Center’s goal is to ensure that all students are equipped with the tools necessary to complete their classroom and workplace responsibilities and live comfortably in provided housing. We are committed to upholding and maintaining all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and make every effort to accommodate reasonable requests and services.


Student Services

Housing, Career Services, Orientation/Commencement, Disability Services, and Events/Programs are coordinated by the dedicated and friendly staff in Student Services. They are available to help you make the most of your professional living experience. You’ll always have access to the resources they offer. Some of the events that Student Services commonly organize include: