The mission of the DC-UP Scholars program is to provide students with a holistic educational experience rooted in scholarship, leadership development, and personal/professional growth that prepares them to become competitive responsible global citizens.


The vision of the DC-UP Scholars program is to be the leading scholarship program among colleges/universities in the DC Metropolitan area.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • develop a sense of belonging in the university community
  • experience higher academic achievement
  • increase curricular and co-curricular collaborative interactions with other students, faculty and staff
  • more readily achieve the articulated learning outcomes specified by departments or programs
  • demonstrate increased awareness of departmental, college, and University resources
  • demonstrate improved critical thinking and collaborative problem-solving skills
  • demonstrate improved knowledge and skills related to career opportunities
  • demonstrate a better understanding of differences and similarities among people
  • experience a higher level of satisfaction with the University experience
  • show a greater rate of persistence as a result of all of the above.

Program Features

  • Academically enriched classes, stressing critical thinking and written expression
  • Increased student-instructor interaction, more frequent association with other academically motivated scholars.
  • Easy online registration existing scholars and pre-registration for all incoming scholars
  • Priority consideration for admission into the university Honors Program
  • Highly engaging and skill building activities both on and off campus
  • Success workshop and career readiness sessions
  • Consistent and effective coaching session with your assigned Academic Coach