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Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking

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

Achieving My Potential Scholarship
Date: February 28, 2024
Amount:
$2,000
GPA Requirement: 2.0
Description: Applicants must be enrolled in a trade school, undergraduate, graduate program, or any other post-secondary school within the United States. A resume, transcript, and essay are required.

2024 National Association of Black Journalists
Date: February 29, 2024
Amount:
Up to $2,500
GPA Requirement: 3.0
Description: Applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a career in journalism with at least one year of school remaining at the time of application and disbursement of funds at an accredited US college/university. Applicant must be a National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) member in good standing.

The Dream. US National Scholarship
Date: February 29, 2024
Amount: Up to $16,500 (Associate Degree) and $33,000 (Bachelor’s Degree)
GPA Requirement: 2.5
Description:
Applicants may be undocumented immigrant students with or without DACA or TPS who entered the US before the age of 16 prior to November 1, 2018. The applicant must demonstrate a significant unmet financial need, be a US high school graduate prior to Fall 2024 semester, and intend to enroll full-time in an associate or bachelor’s degree program at a Partner College as defined by The Dream. US website.

The LAGRANT Foundation Scholarships
Date: February 29, 2024
Amount: Up to $2,500 (Undergraduate) and $3,750 (Graduate)
GPA Requirement: 3.0
Description: Applicants must be US citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients. Must identify as one of the following ethnic groups: African American/Black, Asian American/ Pacific Islander, Hispanic/ Latino, or Native American/ American Indian. Students must be enrolled full-time and attending four-year accredited institutions in the US and majoring in the fields of advertising, marketing, or public relations. An essay, reference letter, resume, transcripts, and headshot photo are required.

ACS Scholars Program
Date: March 1, 2024
Amount: Up to $5,000
GPA Requirement: 3.0
Description:
 Applicants must be Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and Indigenous students, and graduating high school seniors, full time college freshman, sophomores, or juniors.  The applican must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident.  Studetns with DACA or asylum status are encouraged to inquire via email.  Scholars must intend to or already major in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology, or a chemically related science, and plan to pursue a career in a chemistry related science.  

Aero Club Scholarship
Date: March 1, 2024
Amount: Up to $5,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description:
 Applicants must be enrolled in a District of Columbia Metropolitan Area Public or Public Charter school with intentions of attending an accredited college, university, technical school, or flight training program with a passion for aviation/aerospace.  The applicant must demonstrate a financial need and submit an online application form, essay, transcript, and letter recommendation.

JLW Meg Graham Scholarship
Date: March 1, 2024
Amount: $10,000 (over four years)
GPA Requirement: 3.0
Description:
 Applicants must be DC residents who are graduating seniors from a DC Public, private, parochial, or charter school and matriculating to an accredited four-year college or university in the Fall semester of 2024.  The applicant must demonstrate outstanding voluntarism with funds for college education expenses.  The scholar must submit two 250-word essays, provide two letters of recommendations, and continue to meet eligibility criteria to receive all installments of the scholarship.

Project Yellow Light Scholarship
Date: March 1, 2024
Amount: $2,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description
:  Applicants must be a high school or college student.  Students must submit a billboard design that warns peers of the dangers of distracted driving, specifically using the phone.  Winning designs could be place on billboards across the country.

USDA 1890 National Scholars
Date: March 1, 2024
Amount: varies
GPA Requirement: 3.0
Description:
 Applicants must be accepted or currently attending one of the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities.  The applicant must study or plan to study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or other related academic disciplines.  Scholars must be US citizens who demonstrate leadership and community service.

2024 Ivy Vine Charities, Inc. Collegiate Scholarships
Date: March 2, 2024
Amount: Up to $35,000
GPA Requirement: 2.7
Description:
 Applicants must be a resident or senior in the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County, or Montgomery County and plan to attend a four-year college or university, or community college.  The applicant must submit an essay, evidence of school activities and community involvement participation, evidence of Student Service-Learning hours, and at least three pieces of evidence highlighting involvement in academics, sports, clubs, student government, etc.

Team DC Student-Athlete Scholarship
Date: March 2, 2024
Amount: Up to $2,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description:
 Applicants must be self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) student-athletes that have contributed to the sport in which they participate and enhanced the perception of the LGBT community as a result of their contributions and involvement.  Applicants be must a DC Metropolitan area graduating high school senior who will attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university.

Kiwanis Club Student Leader Awards
Date: March 4, 2024
Amount: $1,000- $20,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description:
 Applicants must be a DC resident who is a graduating high school senior from a DC Public, DC Private or DC Charter School.  The applicant must write a 500-word essay on why they believe they are an exemplary student leader.  Scholars must demonstrate leadership qualities, academic achievement, and financial need.  Any educational path including vocational training/ trade school are acceptable.

World of 8 Billion Student Video Contest
Date: March 5, 2024
Amount: up to $1,200
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description:
 Applicants must be in grades 6 through 12 and should submit a video that explains how population growth impacts climate migration, health, or invasive species and offers an idea for a sustainable solution.

Horatio Alger Association Undergraduate Scholarships
Date: March 15, 2024
Amount: varies
GPA Requirement: 2.0
Description:
 Applicants must be a high school junior, high school senior, or current college student who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree.  The applicant must demonstrate financial need of an adjusted gross income less than $65,000, provide evidence of co-curricular involvement and community service activities, and display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.

R2RB 2024 Scholarships
Date: March 15, 2024
Amount: Amount varies
GPA Requirement: 2.5
Description:
 Applicants must be DC Metropolitan Area residents and plan to attend a four-year university or college.  The applicant is required to submit an essay, school and community activity evidence, submit Student Service-Learning hours, provide 2 letters of recommendation, and a signed copy of the parent waiver and release form.

UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program
Date: March 15, 2024
Amount: Up to $10,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description:
 Applicants must have an epilepsy diagnosis by a physician or are the immediate family member (parent, spouse, child, or sibling) and/or caregiver of a person diagnosed with epilepsy.  The applicant must have a legal US resident, enrolled in or awaiting acceptance from an US-based higher education institution for the Fall 2024 semester.  The scholar must demonstrate academic and personal achievement, possess a strong record of participation in activities outside of school, and serve as a positive role model for others.

WDCAC of Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship
Date: March 15, 2024
Amount: varies
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description:
 Applicants must be a DC resident graduating from a DC high school in 2024 and enrolling as a full-time student at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the fall semester of 2024.  The applicant cannot be an immediate relative of WDCAC members.

Animal Welfare Institute Scholarship
Date: March 16 2024
Amount: $3,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description:
 Applicants must be high school seniors in the United States.  The applicant must demonstrate a commitment to animal welfare through volunteer work and/or advocacy, and must intend to pursue a career that will seek to reduce animal suffering and protect vulnerable species.  Scholars must submit two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s education record and commitment to animal welfare.

Ethel Payne Scholarship
Date: March 31, 2024
Amount: $1,500
GPA Requirement: 2.5
Description:
 Applicants must be a female currently or previously graduating senior from a DC Public or DC Public Charter High School.  The applicant must be pursuing or planning to pursue a degree in journalism.  Applicants are required to include a personal statement, official transcript, and letters of recommendation.

Louis Goaziou Lodge #1953 Scholarship Program
Date: March 31, 2024
Amount: $500
GPA Requirement: 2.5
Description:
 Applicants must be a high school senior currently enrolled in a DC or Metropolitan area high school during 2023-2024 school year.  The applicant must plan to attend an accredited US college or other educational program starting in the 2024-25 school year.  Scholars must take and pass a quiz about Freemasonry in the history of the United States and today.

TMCF/Sallie Mae Fund Completing the Dream Gap Scholarship
Closing Date: June 28, 2024 (or funds are exhausted)
Amount:
$2,500
GPA Requirement: 2.75
Description: Applicants must be enrolled full time or part time at an accredited post-secondary institution or continuous education program open in a new window, completing their degree or program by end of Spring 2024 or Fall 2023. The scholar must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551. The student must be a diverse candidate, demonstrate leadership abilities, and good moral character in all aspects of life. The applicant must prepare a 2-minute video answering, “How will your education benefit you, your family, and the community?”


Grants and Scholarships Open through August 2023

DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) OneApp
Opening Date: February 1, 2023
Amount:
Up to $2,500
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Applicants must be US citizens or have an eligible non-citizenship status and attend an eligible public or private college/university.

DC Futures Program
Opening Date: February 1, 2023
Amount:
Up to $8,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Applicants must be a DC resident; are accepted or enrolled at one of the following eligible universities: are seeking their first associate or bachelor’s degree; are majoring in a high-demand field. A list of partner universities is available on the OSSE website.

Mayor's Scholars Undergraduate Program
Opening Date: February 1, 2023
Amount:
Up to $4,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Applicants must be a graduate of a public high school in the District of Columbia (including DCPS and public charters), or an older youth or adult learner who passed the GED or earned a diploma through the National External Diploma Program (NEDP)