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OSSE Scholars Summer Enrichment Program

OSSE Scholars Summer Enrichment Program

The 2019 OSSE Scholars application closed on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018.


Every year, more than 250 DC high school students apply to be the Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE) Scholars. Becoming an OSSE Scholar is a tremendous honor and opportunity for students in Washington, DC.

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.

What colleges do you work with?

OSSE works with colleges across the nation for the OSSE Scholars program. These are schools we have partnered with in the past.

  • Barnard College
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Harvard University
  • Northwestern University
  • Smith College
  • Stanford University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania

If this sounds like an opportunity of interest, please submit an application.

Helpful Resources

For more information or questions, please contact Janel Young at (202) 481-3485 or [email protected].

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