Every year, more than 250 DC high school students apply to be OSSE Scholars. Becoming an OSSE Scholar is a tremendous honor and opportunity for students in Washington, DC. One hundred percent of OSSE Scholars in the high school classes of 2013 and 2014 have been accepted to and matriculated at four-year colleges.
What is the OSSE Scholars Summer Enrichment Program?
OSSE Scholars provides high-achieving, academically-motivated students who exhibit financial need with the opportunity to attend selective summer college programs. As an OSSE Scholar, students attend top-tier universities across the country for rigorous summer courses. The program offers early exposure to college-level academics, navigating a college environment, and, at certain universities, earning college credit.
Who is eligible to apply?
OSSE Scholars is designed for academically-motivated and personally driven 10th or 11th grade students who demonstrate financial need and/or may be a first generation college student. Financial need is based on federal standards, family income, and the number of dependents in one’s household. To find out more details, please visit the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Federal Income Limits Documentation System. Please note, you will need to select “Washington, DC” in order to review income limits.
The term “first generation college student” is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree. Students are still considered a “first generation college student” if a sibling is in college or has received a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must attend a District of Columbia public school and be a resident of the District of Columbia. To be fully considered for the OSSE Scholars program, students are required to submit federal or state tax documents to prove financial need, and must submit academic transcripts and/or report cards.
To apply for the OSSE Scholars program, you must:
- Attend a District of Columbia public school;
- Be a resident of the District of Columbia;
- Be a high school sophomore or junior at the time of submitting an application;
- Demonstrate financial need or be a first generation college student:
- Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher; and
- Have leadership potential and desire to attend college after high school.
If this sounds like an opportunity of interest, please submit an application. Applications will become available at the beginning of the school year, and will close around the Thanksgiving holiday.
For more information or questions, please contact Mike Andrews at (202) 481-3485 or Mike.Andrews@dc.gov.