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College Planning and Funding

The Ombudsman is an unbiased resource for helping families plan for post-secondary education including savings plans/strategies, identifying grant and scholarship resources, completing the Federal Student Aid process, understanding post-secondary admissions and financial aid packages sent to families by prospective colleges, universities and trade schools.

Scholarships and Grants 

BEF General Academic Scholarship
Closing Date: March 27
Amount: Up to $5,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Scholarship is open to students with cystic fibrosis who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Soprema Scholarship Program
Closing Date: March 27
Amount: $5,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Scholarship is open to current undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in architecture, engineering, construction management or a similar field.

Community College Scholarship
Closing Date: March 29
Amount: $5,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled at a public community college, junior college, technical college, or city college, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree.

PCRF Scholarships
Closing Date: March 30
Amount: Up to $5,000
GPA Requirement: 2.5
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors, community college students, and four-year undergraduate students who have been treated for pediatric cancer. Applicant must have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Advancing Agricultural Science Opportunities for Native Americans Scholarship
Closing Date: March 31
Amount: $5,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Scholarship is open to Native American students who are pursuing agriculture related STEM degrees during the upcoming academic year.

AfterCollege/AACN Scholarship
Closing Date: March 31
Amount: $2,500
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing.

AISES Aristocrat-VGT Scholarship
Closing Date: March 31
Amount: Up to $5,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Scholarship is open to Native American undergraduate and graduate students who are studying in a field related to casino gaming (software development, technology, supply chain, etc.).

Galvanize the Future: A Richard L. Brooks Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest
Closing Date: March 31
Amount: Up to $2,500
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students of any age who are enrolled at an accredited college or university in North America and who are studying architecture, civil engineering, structural engineering, construction management, material science, or other related field.

Key Thinkers Scholarship
Closing Date: March 31
Amount: $2,500
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents who are enrolled a full-time student at an accredited college, university, or trade school in the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to financial responsibility.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship
Closing Date: March 31
Amount: $4,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Scholarship is open to students who have battled cancer at any point in their lives (not limited to mesothelioma) OR who have a parent, sibling, immediate family member or close friend who has battled or is currently fighting cancer. Applicant must be enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year university, community college or junior college, or a graduate degree program.

Oppu Achievers Scholarship
Closing Date: March 31
Amount: $2,500
GPA Requirement: 3.0
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens who are graduating high school seniors or current undergraduate students with at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must submit an essay on why they are an achiever.

Stop Distracted Driving Scholarship
Closing Date: March 31
Amount: $5,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Scholarship is open to United States citizens and permanent residents who are accepted to or currently enrolled in an accredited college, university or graduate program within the United States. Applicant must submit an application and develop a plan that will persuade young adults from texting and driving.

Grants for DC Residents

DCTAG

DCCAP

DC Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program

Savings Plan for DC Residents

DC College Savings Plan