School Independent Scholarships & Contests

The scholarship list of school-independent scholarships is below important information.  Read the important information at least once!

Scholarships are updated weekly with newsletter updates.

  • Check with Mrs. Ishii in the Career Center for additions. Parents and students are reminded to check with schools as well as the Career Center for school-specific scholarships.

  • Only scholarship information sent to W.T. Woodson is listed here. Check early. Many excellent scholarships have early due dates.

  • Parents and students are encouraged to plan ahead. Many scholarship applications cannot be completed quickly. Many applications require attachments from several sources.

  • Family Connection has a great scholarship list!! Look under the"Colleges" tab, Scholarship List. Check it out every week too.

  • Check out the listing provided by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  It posts a number of scholarships offered by local businesses and organizations.  Visit www.cfnova.org/page10003427.cfm

  • Always remember to check with the colleges to which you are applying for scholarship opportunities. These are often found under the financial aid section of a college website.

IMPORTANT Cautions

Neither W.T. Woodson, FCPS, nor the administrators, teachers, or staff of Woodson or FCPS are endorsing any of the listed scholarships.  The information is only offered for your convenience.  Families are responsible for ensuring a scholarship is appropriate for their student(s).  Note other cautions that follow.

Some agencies offering scholarships ask for social security numbers. Use extreme caution when providing a social security number. Although winners may have to provide it to be awarded the scholarship, you should NOT have to provide a social security number in an application. A compromise may be to provide your last 4 digits: XXX-XX-1234.

Many applications are now behind a required, online registration. Parents need to check to ensure the application is appropriate for their student(s) prior to completing/submitting. We are unable to register for these scholarships to discover everything in the application. We cannot check what we cannot see.

If you or your parents feel a scholarship asks too many personal questions or will share too much about you online if you win, you may want to look at other scholarships.

Some scholarship sponsors take ownership (copyright) of all applicant's work.  This means you cannot use the work without written permission from the scholarship sponsor.  Be sure you check for this possibility.  Know what you are giving away.

School Independent Scholarship List

Due:

Ongoing

Awd:

varies
CHILDREN OF FALLEN PATRIOTS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

Rolling deadline (ignore posted deadline

Awd:

2 ea - $5,000
  • Dependent/immediate relative of medical transport crewmember who lost their life to an air medical or critical care transport accident;
  • U.S. legal resident;
  • Accepted to or attending accredited U.S. 4-yr college/U or vo-tech school;
  • Academics;
  • Need;
  • Community Service;
  • Transcript;
  • Essay (300 words);
  • Recommendations (2);
  • Found in Family Connection and @ https://www.medevacfoundation.org
MEDEVAC FOUNDATION CHILDREN'S SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Due:

15 June

Awd:

$500

  • Senior;
  • GPA 3.0 or better;
  • Planning to attend accredited college/U or technical school in the U.S.;
  • Essay on water conservation (1,200 words);
  • Proof of acceptance;
  • Found in Family Connection and @ https://theberkey.com/pages/scholarship
THE BERKEY SCHOLARSHIP

RECEIVED BY:

15 June

Awd:

$2,500

  • Senior;
  • Female;
  • Aspiring technology professional;
  • 2.7 or better GPA;
  • Planning 4-yr college, trade school, or CompTIA certification;
  • Leadership;
  • Demonstrated IT interest;
  • Attend award ceremony 31July;
  • Found in Family Connection and @ https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AWITSpotlight
CECILIA GALVIN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

Due:

15 Jun

Amt:

Up to $2,500

HORATIO ALGER NATIONAL CAREER AND TECHNICAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Due:

15 June

Awd:

Four $2,500

  • Senior or college student;
  • Dependent child/grandchild/spouse of NERA member; (under 23 yrs.);
  • 3.0 or better GPA;
  • Plan full-time 2-, 4-yr college/U ;
  • Essay (500 – 600 words);
  • Recommendations (2);
  • Create account to discover supporting docs;
  • Found in Family Connection and @ www.nera.org
NAVAL ENLISTED RESERVE ASSOCIATION (NERA) SCHOLARSHIP

RECEIVED BY::

22 June

Amt:

$8,000

  • Senior;
  • Will attend VA Community College full-time fall ‘18
  • Academics;
  • Interview
  • Transcript
  • Recommendation;
THE COMMONWEALTH LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

 

Due:

29 Jun

Amt:

$1,000, renewable

ETHIOPIAN HERITAGE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

30 Jun

Amt:

$1,000

ANIDJAR & LEVINE COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

30 Jun

Awd:

$1,000
BERGER AND GREEN HEART DISEASE SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

30 Jun

Awd:

$1,500

  • Senior;
  • Survivor of leukemia or leukemia survivor in immediate family;
  • GPA 3.0 or better;
  • Enrolled or accepted to an accredited college/U;
  • Essay (500-1,000 words);
  • Transcript;
  • Student name and essay may be published by Cordisco & Saile;
  • Found in Family Connection and @ https://www.cordiscosaile.com/leukemia-scholarship/
CORDISCO & SAILE LEUKEMIA SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

30 Jun

Awd:

$500-$5,000

  • Grade 10 - college student;
  • Korean-American;
  • U.S. citizen or foreign national;
  • GPA 3.0 or above;
  • Full-time student;
  • Plan full-time study fall ’18 in DE, DC, KY, MD, NC, PA, VA, or WV;
  • Extracurriculars;
  • Essay;
  • (Senior – college, demonstrate financial need;)
  • Recommendations;
  • Found in Family Connection and @ www.kasf.org/eastern
KOREAN AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION (KASF) SCHOLARSHIP

DUE:

30 Jun

Awd:

$2,000

  • Senior - college student;
  • Direct descendants of Korean-War Veteran who served in Korea from 6/25/1950 – 01/31/1955;
  • GPA 3.0 or above;
  • Plan full-time study 18-19 academic yr; in DE, DC, KY, MD, NC, PA, VA, or WV;
  • Extracurriculars;
  • Essay;
  • Need;
  • Recommendations;
  • Found in Family connection and @ www.kasf.org/eastern
KOREAN AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION (KASF) SCHOLARSHIP FOR DESCENDANTS OF KOREAN WAR VETERANS

Due:

30 Jun

30 Nov

Awd:

$400

MILITARY & FAMILY APPRECIATION SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

30 Jun

Awd:

$500

  • Senior;
  • Live in Metro DC area;
  • Have Sickle Cell Disease;
  • 2.5 or better GPA;
  • Essay (500 words);
  • Letter verifying sickle cell  diagnosis;
  • Copy of post-secondary institution acceptance;
  • Recommendations (2);
  • Photo (may be published);
  • Found in Family Connection:
SICKLE CELL ASSOCIATION OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA

Due:

7 Jul

Awd:

Up to $8,000 renewable to $16,000

  • Senior, community college student, or adult learner;
  • DC Metro area resident;
  • U.S. citizen/national, Permanent Resident Alien, granted DACA or qualify for in-state tuition under MD Dream Act;
  • Plan to attend participating community colleges (includes NVCC) & have less than 40 credits towards degree;
  • Academics;
  • Essays;
  • Recommendations (2);
  • Financial need (Copy of Student Aid Report (SAR);
  • Found in Family Connection and at https://www.herbblockfoundation.org/scholarships
HERB BLOCK SCHOLARSHIP (for FALL term)

Due:

15 July

Amt:

$1,000

  • Senior or college student;
  • Battled leukemia or with loved one affected by leukemia;
  • Plan to enroll or enrolled in accredited college/U;
  • Paragraph on why scholarship will help;
  • Essay (500 – 1000 words);
  • Transcript;
  • Proof of diagnosis with any form of leukemia;
  • Found in Family Connection and at https://www.johnfoy.com/strong-arm-2018-leukemia-scholarship/
THE JOHN FOY &  ASSOCIATES STRONG ARM LEUKEMIA SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

30 Jul, 31 Dec

Awd:

$500

  • Senior;
  • U.S. Citizen;
  • Academics;
  • Commitment to promote diversity;
  • Transcript;
  • Essay NTE 800 words;
  • Download app in Family Connection;
KENMORE LAW GROUP SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

31 July

Awd:

$2,500

REDFIN SCHOLARSHIP

RECEIVED BY:

5 pm 1 Aug

Awd:

$1,000

NURSES MAKE A DIFFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

31 Aug

Awd:

$1,000

  • Senior;
  • Plan to pursue a nursing program (LPN/LVN, ADN, and BSN);
  • Proof of enrollment at accredited nursing program;
  • Academics;
  • Essay 500 words;
  • CAUTION: Applicants give up ownership rights to essay;
  • Found in Family Connection and @ www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com/
ASPIRING NURSE SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

31 Aug

Awd:

$1,000, $500, subscription to course catalog
  • Senior;
  • Plan to attend “partner” college/u in fall ’18;
  • Academic Achievement;
  • Essay (500-1000 words);
  • Transcript;
  • Found in Family Connection and @ https://www.educator.com/scholarship/
EDUCATOR STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

RETURN TO CAREER CENTER:

11 Sept

Amt:

$10,000 & week of Govt. experience in DC

  • Junior or Senior;
  • Plan career in public service;
  • Currently serving in elected or appointed capacity in student govt, civic or educational organizations;
  • Leadership;
  • Academics;
  • Clear, logical processes;
  • Community involvement;
  • Extracurriculars;
  • Knowledge of Constitution and govt;
  • Resume demonstrating above;
  • 2 paragraph personal statement showing you are a match for the program;
  • Willing to attend experience in nt’l govt from 2 – 9 March, 2019;
  • Program details at http://ussenateyouth.org
U.S. SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM

Regular Deadline:

12 Sep

Amt:

Tuition/fees/educational materials ($20,000 - $50,000)
  • Junior (Class of 2018);
  • U.S. Citizen;
  • Unweighted GPA of 3.7 or better;
  • Plan to enroll full-time at accredited 4-yr U.S. college/U;
  • Leadership;
  • Extracurriculars;
  • Community service;
  • Recommendations (2);
  • Transcript;
  • ACT/SAT test scores;
  • AP Courses/AP test scores;
  • Found in Family Connection and at www.bryancameroneducationfoundation.org

CAMERON IMPACT SCHOLARSHIP

***NEW!!

Due:

1 Oct

Amt:

$1,000

  • Senior or college student;
  • U.S. citizen;
  • 3.0 or better GPA
  • Planning or attending as undergraduate in U.S.;
  • Able to document criteria;
  • Create & Upload video to YouTube;
  • Found in Family Connection & @ https://moderncastle.com/scholarships/
MODERN CASTLE $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

15 Oct

Amt:

Multiple $1,000 - $3,000

  • Senior;
  • U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, DACA or eligible Non-Citizen;
  • Latino descent (including Spain, Brazil, & Phillipines);
  • Unweighted 3.0 or above GPA;
  • Plan to enroll full-time at accredited higher education institution;
  • Recommendation (1);
  • GPA verification form;
  • Essay questions (up to 250 words each);
  • Travel to regional ceremony at recipient's expense (Washington, DC possible);
  • Posted in Family Connection and at http://hispanicheritage.org/programs/leadership/youth-awards/
HISPANIC HERITAGE YOUTH AWARDS

RECEIVED BY:

5 pm,  2 Nov

Awd:

$2,000 - $4,000

  • Senior or college student
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • Legal resident of Virginia for 12 months prior to application and through the fellowship;
  • Enrolling full-time;
  • Resume/CV;
  • Work samples;
  • Transcript;
  • Artistic statement (visual artists only);
  • Found in Family Connection and @ https://www.vmfa.museum/programs/college/visual-arts-fellowships/

VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS VISUAL ARTS FELLOWSHIP 2019-20

Due:

10 Nov

Awd:

Up to $8,000 renewable to $16,000

  • Senior, community college student, or adult learner;
  • DC Metro area resident;
  • U.S. citizen/national, Permanent Resident Alien, granted DACA or qualify for in-state tuition under MD Dream Act;
  • Plan to attend participating community colleges (includes NVCC) & have less than 40 credits towards degree;
  • Academics;
  • Essays;
  • Recommendations (2);
  • Financial need (Copy of Student Aid Report (SAR);
  • Found in Family Connection and @ https://www.herbblockfoundation.org/scholarships
HERB BLOCK SCHOLARSHIP (for SPRING term)

Due:

15 Nov

Awd:

$500

  • Female Junior or Senior;
  • Enrolled in a metro DC school;
  • Intend to pursue a career in STEM field;
  • GPA 3.0 or better;
  • Transcript;
  • Recommendation (1);
  • Record of leadership;
  • Essays (3) 300-500 words each;
  • Found in Family Connection & @ http://www.gwis.org
GRADUATE WOMEN IN SCIENCE

***NEW!!

Due:

15 Nov

Amt:

Two ($10,000, mentorship, mattress)

  • College/U student fall 2018;
  • 3.0 or better GPA;
  • Demonstrate commitment to social action;
  • Create & Upload 2-3 minute video;
  • Found in Family Connection & @ https://www.leesa.com/pages/scholarship;
LEESA SOCIAL IMPACT SCHOLARSHIP

 

Due:

15 Dec

Amt:

Three @ $1,000

  • Senior;
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • GPA 2.5 or better;
  • Enrolled or enrolling fulltime at accredited college/U fall ’18;
  • Plan Bachelor’s in logistics or similar field;
  • Essay (400-800 words);
  • Transcript;
  • Proof of college enrollment;
  • Found in Family Connection and @ https://www.allied.com/scholarship
ALLIED VAN LINES SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

15 Dec

Amt:

$1,500

  • Senior or college student;
  • Legal child of veteran of any service branch;
  • GPA 3.0 or better;
  • Essay (500 word);
  • Proof of parent’s veteran status;
  • Transcript;
  • Found in Family Connection;
CHILD OF AN AMERICAN VETERAN SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

15 Dec

Awd:

$1,000

DALLAS CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS CANCER AWARENESS SCHOLARSHIP

Due:

15 Dec

Awd:

$1,000

LOS ANGELES DUI ATTORNEY DIABETES SCHOLARSHIP

**NEW!!

Due:

15 Dec

Amt:

$1,500

  • Senior or college student;
  • 17 years or older;
  • U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident;
  • Community Service
  • Resume;
  • Essay(500 – 1,000 words);
  • Transcript;
  • CAUTION: Submitted materials become property of sponsor and submission grants permission to publish name and image;
  • Found in Family Connection & @ https://www.medicalmalpracticehelp.com/community-service-scholarship/:
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE HELP COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP

***NEW!!

Due:

15 Dec

Amt:

$1,500

  • Senior or college student;
  • 17 years or older;
  • U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident;
  • Leadership, training, accomplishments;
  • Resume;
  • Essay (500 – 1,000 words);
  • Transcript;
  • CAUTION: Submitted materials become property of sponsor and submission grants permission to publish name and image;
  • Found in Family Connection & @ https://www.medicalmalpracticehelp.com/community-service-scholarship/:
NEWSOME MELTON STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD

Due:

23 Dec

Amt:

Five $1,000

NATIONAL DEBT RELIEF SCHOLARSHIP

RECEIVED BY:

31 Dec

Awd:

$1,000

AMBIENT EDGE STUDENTS AFFECTED BY CANCER SCHOLARSHIP

***NEW!!

Due:

31 Dec

Amt:

$1,500

  • Senior or college student;
  • 3.3 or better GPA;
  • 24 ACT or 1680 SAT or better;
  • Will be enrolled full-time in bachelor’s degree program;
  • Leadership in entrepreneurship, Environmental stewardship, OR participatory citizenship;
  • Essay;
  • Found in Family Connection and @ https://www.getopenwater.com/scholarship/:
OPEN WATER SCHOLARSHIP
2019 DEADLINES  

Due:

15 Mar

Amt:

$500
RANDALL BLAIR ISENBERG ALCOHOL ADDICTION AWARENESS SCHOLARSHIP