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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 internship advisor.
Some students may also qualify for financial assistance from their states. We encourage all students to visit our State Scholarships page for more information.
Pillar Awards for Civic Engagement, Leadership & Professional Achievement
Civic Engagement Award
Provides $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 priority deadline for their term.
William Burke Leadership Award
Provides for unrestricted grants of varying amounts from $500-$3,000. 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 priority deadline.
Professional Achievement Award
Provides competitively awarded grants ranging from $1,000-$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 Society 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. Priority consideration is given to students who apply by the priority deadline.
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 priority 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. For an application form and more information, visit Pi Sigma Alpha.
Diversity & Minority Scholarships
TWC Diversity Leaders Award
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 priority 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.
Muslim American Scholars Initiative
Muslim American students who intern in the executive branch of the U.S. government, on Capitol Hill, at a think tank, or in a non-profit organization may be eligible for a $500 scholarship through a partnership established between TWC and the El-Hibri Foundation. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required and students may be asked to complete a phone interview.
The Leadership Initiative for Students with Disabilities
Funded by the AT&T Foundation, these awards provide program and 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).
Kessler Foundation Scholarships
Funded by the Kessler Foundation, these awards provide scholarships of varying amounts to a limited number of students who attend New Jersey institutions, are from New Jersey, 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.
The HSC Foundation Grant
The Leadership Initiative for Students with Disabilities also is supported by a grant from The HSC Foundation, which provides Civic Engagement programming around disability issues, awareness and policy. The programming helps interns gain awareness of the social challenges facing communities and nations, and gives them the tools, skills and understanding to proactively address them.
Qualifying students will earn scholarships that help to offset the cost of participation. Most scholarships range from $500-$4,000. Please note that this aid can in some cases be combined with state funds. To be considered for a scholarship, students should:
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Participate in The Washington Center's academic internship program (postgraduate students may also be eligible).
- Complete and submit a TWC application by the regular deadline.
- Indicate interest on the scholarships section of the application.
- Provide TWC with documentation from a physician or campus disability services office.
- Upon acceptance, return to the student portal to complete the disability services application if accommodations are required.
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Other Private Scholarships
Mitsui USA Scholarship
Provides a limited number of $1,500 scholarships to students interested in international trade, business, and/or investment as demonstrated by course selection and enrollment in TWC’s International Affairs or Business and Global Trade professional track. Additional qualifications include: U.S. citizenship or permanent residency and a minimum 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated community service and leadership or have a background in language studies.
Motorola Solutions Foundation Public Safety and Law Enforcement Internship Scholarship
Provides scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 towards TWC program or housing fees for students interested in pursuing careers in the field of law, criminal justice or public safety. To receive this award, students must be in TWC’s Law and Criminal Justice professional track and complete their internship at a site related to public safety or law enforcement.
Verizon Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarship
Provides grants from $1,000 - $5,000 toward TWC program or housing fees to students pursuing degrees in STEM fields. To receive this award, students must be in our Science, Technology and Society professional track (during the summer only), complete their TWC internship in a STEM-related field, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.