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DC Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program

Please Note

There are multiple deadlines for Mayor’s Scholars throughout the year. If you have questions after checking the application timelines below and reading the 2019-20 application guide, please contact our office.


The Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program 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 meaning it can be used to fill the gap between a student’s financial aid package and the cost of attendance.

The program serves returning awardees and new applicants. Beginning in 2018, a flexible application window was added for new applicants who have recently completed the National External Diploma Program (NEDP) or earned their GED. For details, see below.

Applicants must re-apply each year. There is no guarantee applicants will receive funding.

Eligible Applicants

Your eligibility to apply for Mayor’s Scholars depends on if you are a returning awardee or a new applicant. Review the descriptions below to see if you are eligible for either group.

1. A returning awardee of the Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program (you were an awardee during school year 2018-19);

2. A new applicant that is or will be:

a. A graduate of a public high school in the District of Columbia (including DCPS and public charters), within the years 2010-2019; OR
b. An older youth or adult learner who passed the GED or earned a diploma through the National External Diploma Program (NEDP), within the years 2010-2019.

If you fit one of the eligible applicant groups, you will also need to meet each of these requirements:

  • You have been a resident of the District of Columbia for the last 12 months. You must have lived in the District of Columbia for the past 12 months. If you will complete a 2019 DCTAG application (including supporting documents), you are not required to submit documents again. If you are not DCTAG eligible, or did not complete a DCTAG application, you must submit (online) two documents from the list of domicile/residency verification documents.
  • You are enrolling or continuing at an eligible college or university. In order to qualify for Mayor’s Scholars funds, you must be planning to attend an eligible college or university in the greater Washington area.
  • You are seeking your first college degree. This may be an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, but it must be the first postsecondary degree you will earn.
  • You meet all financial eligibility criteria. Eligible applicants must demonstrate financial need. If eligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*, students and families must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $8,999 or lower. This information can be found on your Student Aid Report (SAR) you receive upon completion of the FAFSA.

Typically, an applicants’ financial need is determined by their parent/guardian’s financial situation. OSSE follows guidance and policy of the Federal Government in regards to student/parent dependency situations.

Students and families whose EFC meets Pell Grant eligibility (EFC of $5,576 or less for the 2019-20 school year) will be given priority access to the funding.

  • You meet all academic eligibility criteria. Academic criteria depend on the eligible applicant group (returning awardee or a new applicant graduating from a public or public charter high school, or earning a GED or completing a NEDP). Please review the Academic Minimums for your applicant group.

Currently one application is open. Please review the Summer timeline if you are a recent GED/NED graduate.

Application Timelines

  Summer* Traditional - School Year Spring + Summer
Eligible Applicants New eligible applicants who recently earned GED credential or completed NEDP All eligible applicants New eligible applicants who recently earned GED credential or completed NEDP
Application Opens Dec. 16 April 17 July 2
Application Due April 15 July 1, 2019
(traditional deadline, June 30, falls on Sunday)
Dec. 15
Award Amount Up to $2,000 Up to $4,000 Up to $2,000
Award Period (Enrollment) Summer 2019-20 school year Spring/Summer

*New applicants that recently earned a GED or completed a NEDP need to apply to the deadline that most closely follows their GED or NEDP completion date. If an applicant will complete their GED or NEDP after Apr. 15, they should apply using the Traditional timeline. If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, contact Melanie Fleming at [email protected] for more information.

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

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

Program Contact

Melanie Fleming
1050 First St. NE, Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20002  
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 741-6406
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