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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).

 

Also, some awards have an impact on internship placement options, so you may need to communicate the requirements of your scholarships with your program advisor.

 

 

State FundingSeveral states or commonwealths provide assistance to qualifying students attending TWC. These include Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Eligibility and award amounts will vary by state and your financial aid advisor at TWC can assist you with the latest information on availability. The availability of funds may be subject to last-minute budgetary decisions made by state governments.

Civic Engagement, Leadership & Professional Achievement AwardsCivic Engagement AwardThese awards provide $1,000 in financial assistance for housing. 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. Students are encouraged to specify interest in the award on the application and priority consideration is given to students who apply by the competitive deadline for their term. This scholarship is not available to participants of the Postgraduate Professional Development Program.

 

William Burke Leadership Award

This scholarship provides for unrestricted grants of varying amounts up to $4,000. 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. Students may be required to provide additional documentation to demonstrate financial need and priority consideration is given to students who apply by the competitive deadline. Limited availability to students in the Postgraduate Professional Development Program.

 

Samuel Rose Scholarship

This scholarship provides for grants of varying amounts (typically around $3,000) to a diverse group of students who would not otherwise be able to participate in TWC programs. The Sam Rose Scholarship typically is not cumulative with other TWC financial assistance. This award is not available to students in the Postgraduate Professional Development Program.

 

Professional Achievement Award

Competitively awarded, this newly announced scholarship provides grants ranging from $1,500-$2,500 to students who have demonstrated a commitment to career advancement as evidenced by membership in professional organizations and honors societies, completion of previous internships, or prior work experience. Students also may be selected based upon potential for professional success as reflected in their academic performance and extracurricular involvement.

 

Honors Scholarships

Association of College Honor Societies Scholarship (ACHS)

This award provides $1,000 housing scholarships to students in national honor societies that are members of the Association of College Honor Societies. A limited number of scholarships per society are awarded each year. Applicants must submit documentation verifying membership. Examples include a copy of a membership certificate or letter from the local chapter or national office or an email from the local chapter representative. Postgraduate Professional Development Program participants are eligible to apply. Priority consideration is given to students who apply by the competitive deadline.

 

Golden Key International Honour Society Award This award provides $1,000 housing scholarships to students who are members of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Up to three scholarships will be awarded each year. Applicants must submit documentation verifying membership. Postgraduate Professional Development Program participants are eligible to apply. Priority consideration is given to students who apply by the competitive deadline. Please contact TWC at info@twc.edu for details on an application fee waiver available to all members.

 

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

This award provides $1,000 housing scholarships to students who are members of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Up to three scholarships will be awarded each year. Applicants must submit documentation verifying membership. Postgraduate Professional Development Program participants are eligible to apply. Priority consideration is given to students who apply by the competitive deadline. Please visit the NSCS website for details on an application fee waiver available to all members.

 

National Collegiate Honors Council Scholarship

This award provides $2,000 housing scholarships to students who are in honors programs or colleges that are members of the National Collegiate Honors Council. A limited number of scholarships are awarded each year. Applicants must submit a letter from their honors director confirming that their membership is in good standing. Priority consideration is given to students who apply by the competitive deadline.

 

Pi Sigma Alpha Washington Internship Scholarship This award provides a $2,500 housing scholarship for at least one student chosen by Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society, for its Washington Internship Scholarship award. Students apply directly to Pi Sigma Alpha for this scholarship by April 15. For an application form and more information, visit Pi Sigma Alpha.

Diversity and Minority ScholarshipsTWC Diversity Leaders AwardThis scholarship provides $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. Preference is given to students who apply by the competitive deadline for their term, and applicants should specify interest in the award on their application. U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency is required. This scholarship is not available to participants of the Postgraduate Professional Development Program.

 

CFGU/TWC Internship Initiative for Muslim-American Students Muslim American students are eligible to be considered for partial program/housing scholarships during the summer term through a partnership established between TWC and the Center for Global Understanding (CFGU). Students are selected by CFGU and also participate in special supplemental programming (called the CFGU Public Affairs Series) arranged by the organization throughout the summer. Students may visit the CFGU website for additional information about the programming and to read profiles of past participants. Interested applicants should use TWC’s online application and specify interest in the initiative on the application. Selected students will receive a minimum of $1,000 from CFGU and $1,000 from TWC for a total of $2,000 toward the invoice for program and housing fees. Many past students have received larger awards (from states, TWC, and other private sources). Undergraduate and postgraduate students are equally encouraged to apply, but only U.S. citizens are eligible to receive CFGU funds. Some placement restrictions are involved. Please contact Sara Clement at sara.clement@twc.edu with questions.

 

New York Life Foundation & New York Stock Exchange Diversity Scholarships

Provides $3,000 towards housing costs to students of diverse backgrounds who are in the business and finance fields, majoring in related fields, or whose internships involve assignments and projects relevant to the business and finance profession. Students must intern in the public or nonprofit sector. U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency is required.

 

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities The Washington Center Scholarship for Students with DisabilitiesFunded by the AT&T Foundation and HSC Foundation, these awards provide housing assistance in varying amounts to competitively selected students who self-identify as having a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This award will be a minimum of $5,000 for summer and fall 2012 recipients. Priority consideration is given to undergraduate students; however, Postgraduate Professional Development Program applicants may be considered.

 

Kessler Foundation ScholarshipsA limited number of full scholarships will also be competitively awarded to students who attend New Jersey institutions and self-identify as having a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For this award, students may be asked for a brief personal statement. Students interested in the Kessler Scholarship who attend a New Jersey institution are encouraged to email us at info@twc.edu for more information.

 

Requirements for both awards

  • Complete and submit a TWC application by the regular deadline.
  • Self-identify as a person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA defines a person with a disability as:
    • a person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, or
    • a person that has a record of such impairment, or
    • a person that is regarded as having such impairment
  • Provide a letter from your campus disability services office, a vocational rehabilitation office or a physician treating you for your disability confirming the fact that you have a disability.
  • These awards are available only to U.S. citizens.

Other Private AwardsMotorola Foundation and BAE Systems Science, Technology and Society Scholarships Provides a minimum of $5,000 toward TWC program or housing fees to students who are pursuing degrees in the STEM majors (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and choose to enroll in our Science, Technology and Society Program. To receive the award, students must intern in the public or nonprofit sector. All qualified participants accepted into the STS Program will be considered for the scholarship automatically. U.S. citizenship is required.

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