Scholarship Information

The Abramson Scholarship Program is more than financial support. All our Scholars receive mentoring support as well. 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 (date t.b.d.)
  • Attend the Abramson Scholarship Foundation Scholar-Mentor Orientation Workshop to be held in Summer 2020
  • Attend ASF events such as the annual Abramson Scholarship Foundation Professional Development Workshop held during college winter breaks
  • Maintain regular and consistent contact with the Abramson Scholarship Foundation – through your mentors and other representatives of the Foundation
  • Provide the Abramson Scholarship Foundation with a transcript/grade report after each semester of college

Before applying, please consider if you will be able to make this commitment.


To be eligible for an Abramson Scholarship, you must:

    • Be graduating in June 2020 from a public high school located in the District of Columbia (D.C.)
    • Be a D.C. resident
    • Have admission 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 maximum family income of $93,000
    • Have a solid academic record demonstrated by a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, and:
             - 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; or
            - at least 20 combined ACT scores.


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 applicants will be notified in May whether they will advance to the interview round. Scholarship awards will be determined and applicants will be notified in June 2020.

Our 2020-2021 application window has closed.

For information about our 2021-2022 scholarships, visit our website in January 2021.

Application Contents

  • Online 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)—just include names and email addresses in the online application. The system will generate emails to your contacts who will then be able to upload the letters directly to the online application platform.
  • 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 NOTE: if you don't have access to an official transcript due to school closings, please upload an unofficial one and ask your counselor to email a copy of the official transcript to
  • Official copy of SAT or ACT 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)

NOTE: if you run into a challenge submitting your application online, please contact Abramson's Executive Director, Danielle Verbiest, at or (202) 470-5425.

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.

Questions? Contact Danielle Verbiest at or (202) 470-5425.