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OSSE Scholars Eligibility

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Who is eligible to apply?

OSSE Scholars is designed for academically-motivated and personally driven 10th or 11th grade students who demonstrate financial need. 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. You can also download a chart of this information from the HUD website.

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 high 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;
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher; and
  • Have leadership potential and desire to attend college after high school.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to commonly asked questions about application, eligibility and programming, please review our FAQ Document.