Support & Guidance for DC Scholars since 1991

How To Apply



To be eligible for an Abramson Scholarship, you must:

  • Be graduating in June 2019 from a public high school located in the District of Columbia (D.C.)
  • Be a D.C. resident
  • Have admission to and commitment to attend an accredited four-year college in the United States as a candidate for a degree
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to community service
  • Have an economic need for financial assistance and a family income of less than $70,000
  • Have a solid academic record demonstrated by an overall 2.75 GPA or better, at least 1000 combined SAT scores among evidence-based reading plus writing and math, and a combined score of 12 or above if you’ve taken the optional SAT essay.


Please check back for details or sign up at the bottom of this page to be notified when the 2019 application is available. We expect to post application details in early 2019.

Award Amount: $2000 (With the possibility of increasing awards of $3000, $4000, and $5000 for each subsequent year in the remaining three years of college.)

Review Process: The Foundation’s Board of Directors will review applications and a limited number of applicants will be invited to interview with members of the Board. Scholarship awards will be determined and applicants will be notified by early June 2019.

Though our application questions may change from one year to the next, you can view our 2018 Application here.

Application Packet

Application form

  • Essay (described in the application)
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a school counselor or teacher and one from another adult who is not related to you, for example, another teacher, an employer, troop leader, minister or pastor.)
  • Proof of income - the first page of the most recent IRS 1040 form of the parent(s) or guardian(s) with whom you live and/or who financially supports you and a copy of your Financial Aid Application or Student Aid Report
  • Official high school transcript through midterm period of second semester senior year
  • Official copy of SAT scores
  • Budget for preferred college: full cost of attending college, room and board, travel, books, miscellaneous
  • List of other scholarships received or pending
  • Letter of acceptance from college of choice
  • Financial aid award letter from college of choice (if available by Abramson Scholarship application due date)

Awardee Information

If selected as an Abramson Scholar, in order to receive your scholarship award payments, you must:

  • Attend the Abramson Scholarship Foundation event in your honor to be held in June 2019
  • Attend the Abramson Scholarship Foundation Scholar-Mentor Orientation Workshop to be held in Summer 2019
  • Attend the Abramson Scholarship Foundation Professional Development Workshop during your college winter break
  • Maintain regular and consistent contact with the Abramson Scholarship Foundation – through your Mentor, the Mentoring Co-Chairs, and/or other representatives of the Foundation
  • Provide the Abramson Scholarship Foundation with a transcript/grade report after each semester of college

In order to continue to receive awards, an awardee must apply each year and provide proof of academic achievement, financial need, and demonstrate continued participation in the Abramson Scholarship Foundation program.