GUIDELINES

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 (date t.b.d.)
  • 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 mentor 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.

Eligibility

To be eligible for an Abramson Scholarship, you must:

    • Be graduating in June 2021 from a public high school located in the District of Columbia (D.C.)
    • Be a D.C. resident (or be able to demonstrate compliance with D.C. law re: tuition payments for non-residents)
    • Be accepted to an accredited four-year college in the United States as a candidate for a degree
    • Have a demonstrated commitment to community service
    • Have a demonstrated economic need for financial assistance
    • Have a solid academic record demonstrated by a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale

 

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 at the end of April 2021. Scholarship awards will be determined and applicants will be notified early May 2021.

Our 2021-2022 application window is now open. Click on the button below to go to our online application system.

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Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM (EST) on Sunday, March 28, 2021. Applicants will be notified by mid-April whether they will advance to the interview round.

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 mentoring@abramsonfoundation.org.
  • 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
  • Financial aid award letter from college of choice (if available by Abramson Scholarship application due date)
  • Optional: official copy of SAT or ACT scores (only for students who were able to take a test; not applicable for those who have not taken the test)

NOTE: if you run into a challenge submitting your application online, please contact Abramson's Program Manager at mentoring@abramsonfoundation.org or (202) 230-9093.

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 the Program Manager at mentoring@abramsonfoundation.org or (202) 230-9093.