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DC Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program


The Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program (formerly Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Fund) provides need-based funding for eligible DC residents earning their first associate’s or bachelor’s degree at select area colleges and universities. The program is a last-dollar award designed to fill the gap between a student’s financial aid package and the cost of attendance. Typically, recipients of Mayor’s Scholars funding can receive up to $4,000 per academic year, for up to 4 years for an associate’s degree, and up to 6 years for a bachelor’s degree. The funds are available first-come, first-serve, and you must re-apply each year. There is no guarantee you will receive funding, as funds are only available until they run out.

Typically, before you apply to Mayor’s Scholars you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (if eligible) and apply for the DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) (if eligible).

One-Time Application Opening for Spring 2016

The Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program application is temporarily re-opening for the 2015-2016 academic year. The application will be open to those who are entering or continuing their college education in the spring 2016 semester. The maximum award is $2,000, which can cover the cost of tuition and fees for spring 2016 and summer 2016.

Please note:

  • If you have already applied and received Mayor’s Scholars funding for fall 2015, you do not need to re-apply for spring 2016 (nor are you eligible to re-apply). Your funding lasts through summer 2016.
  • If you did not complete your DC TAG application for 2015-2016; you may be eligible for funding, but you will be expected to complete your DC TAG application and be deemed eligible for 2016-2017 in order to continue to be a Mayor’s Scholars award recipient.
  • The online application for spring 2016 is due December 1, 2015; please review application requirement details by clicking on the links below.

Eligibility and Application Information

Application Process
Eligible Colleges and Universities
Domicile/Residency Verification Documents

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's: New Applicants, Families, & Counselors
FAQ's: Current Mayor’s Scholars Awardees
FAQ's: Colleges & Universities

Please note:
You must apply for Mayor’s Scholars each year. Funds are not guaranteed and are contingent upon available funding.

Before you apply, carefully review the eligibility requirements and gather all application documents. You cannot save your application and return to it later.


Program Contact:

Amelia Hogan, Coordinator, Early College and Career Awareness
Mayor’s Scholars Program Manager
810 First Street NE, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20002  
Email: osse.mayorsscholars@dc.gov
Phone: 202-481-3481

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