for District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Graduates

The University of the District of Columbia Foundation, Inc. and the Office of the President announce the opening of the competition for the Presidential Scholarship for District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Graduates. The scholarship was established in 1996 to help District of Columbia Public Schools students who have earned high academic honors pursue their higher education goals at the University of the District of Columbia.

AWARD:              The scholarship will cover tuition and fees for four (4) academic years.

ELIGIBILITY:      The scholarship is open to students who have 3.0 grade point averages (GPA) or better, and students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain eligible. Preference will be given to students with the highest average. Applicants must reside in the District of Columbia, be a graduating senior in a District of Columbia Public High School, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and must intend to pursue a full-time course of study at the University of the District of Columbia leading to a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must submit a UDC Merit Scholarship application, an unofficial high school transcript, three (3) letters of recommendation (from a principal, counselor, teacher, clergy or community leader), and a 300-500 word essay from one of the following topics:

  1. Congress has just voted to allow 18 year olds to run for president of the United States. You have decided to run for that office. Why have you chosen to run and what are your three most important agenda items?
  2. If you could change places with another person for one year (past or present), who would you choose to be, why and what would you do?
  3. When someone asks you to describe yourself, where do you begin–with your agenda, your race, your religion or your talents? Everyone is multifaceted. What would you bring to the University of the District of Columbia community?

APPLICATION: An application, essay,transcript, and the letters of recommendation must be submitted on or before March 1 (if this date falls on a non workday, the next business day applies), to:

UDC Foundation Inc.
Attn:  Ms. Edna M. King
Bldg. 39, Rm. 301N
4200 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC   20008

Physical and Mailing Address

Flagship Community College
4200 Connecticut Ave. NW
Bldg. 39, Suite A-133
Washington, DC 20008
801 North Capitol St. NE
Lobby Level
Washington, DC 20002

Office Hours

8:30-5:00 (M-F)

Contact Us

Phone 202.274.5060
Fax 202.274.6060


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