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DC Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program

The DC Mayor's Scholars Undergraduate Program 2019-20 application will open on Monday, April 15, 2019 and close on Monday, July 1, 2019.


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 four years for an associate’s degree, and up to six years for a bachelor’s degree. The funds are available first-come, first-serve, and applicants must re-apply each year. There is no guarantee applicants will receive funding, as funds are only available until they run out.

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

GED/NEDP applicants will be able to apply to the Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program on a semester-based cycle. Applications will need to be in by a certain date depending on the semester students wish to begin their postsecondary education. The deadlines are as follows:

  • Summer semester start - April 15
  • Fall semester start - June 30
  • Spring semester start - Dec. 15

*Students will need to apply to the deadline that most closely follows their GED or NEDP completion date. If a student completes their GED or NEDP after April 15, they should apply during the fall semester/general deadline.

Students who wish to take advantage of this opportunity should email [email protected] for more information.

Eligibility and Application Information

Minimum Requirements
How to Apply and Required Documents
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: Applicants must apply for Mayor’s Scholars each year. Funds are not guaranteed and are contingent upon available funding.

Program Contact

Janae Eason
1050 First St. NE, Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20002  
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 481-3481
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