Private Scholarships

If you need financial assistance to make your semester or summer in Washington, D.C. possible, you may be interested in reviewing TWC’s private scholarship opportunities! Here are a few helpful details:

  • If you meet the eligibility requirements for a competitive award, we will automatically consider you - no extra application necessary.
  • Some of the awards listed here are offered directly by TWC and others come from private donors. Eligibility requirements vary by award. 
  • If you receive an award that is privately funded, you may be asked to attend special events or take part in activities with the donor(s).
  • Most scholarships are not cumulative, meaning you’ll receive the largest award for which you qualify. 
  • Most TWC private awards are credit toward your TWC housing costs first and some awards may be contingent on your use of TWC housing.
  • If you have questions about scholarships, or a particular need that you’d like to discuss, please contact us at info@twc.edu to be connected with your Admissions Counselor.

One more thing! Depending on where you go to school, you may be eligible for a state scholarship. We encourage you to visit our State Scholarships page for more information.

Awards from TWC

Civic Engagement Award

This award provides $1,000 in financial assistance toward TWC housing costs. We choose awardees competitively, based on their academic performance and record of involvement and leadership, as reflected on their resume and transcript.

William Burke Leadership Award

This award provides scholarships between $500 and $2,000 toward TWC housing costs. We choose awardees competitively, based on their academic performance and record of involvement and leadership, as reflected on their resume and transcript. We may also provide awards based on financial circumstances, which sometimes requires students to submit documentation that demonstrates financial need.

Professional Achievement Award

This award provides scholarships between $1,000 and $2,000 toward TWC housing costs. We choose awardees competitively, based on their demonstrated  commitment to career advancement as evidenced by membership in professional organizations and honor societies, completion of previous internships or prior work experience. We may also provide awards based upon potential for professional success as reflected in their academic performance and extracurricular involvement.

Diversity Leaders Award

This award provides $2,000 in financial assistance toward TWC housing costs. To be eligible, you must be able to contribute to the diversity of our students and of Diversity Leaders awardees. We choose awardees competitively, based on their academic performance and record of involvement and leadership as reflected on their resume and transcript. Students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident to be eligible.

Awards from Honors Societies

Association of College Honor Societies Scholarship (ACHS)

This award provides $1,000 housing scholarships to students in national honor societies that are members of the Association of College Honor Societies. A limited number of scholarships per society are awarded each year. Applicants must submit documentation verifying membership. Examples include a copy of a membership certificate or an email from the national office or local chapter representative. 

National Collegiate Honors Council Scholarship

This award provides $2,000 housing scholarships to students who are in honors programs or colleges that are members of the National Collegiate Honors Council. A limited number of scholarships are awarded each year. Applicants must submit a letter from their honors director confirming that their membership is in good standing.

Pi Sigma Alpha Washington Internship Scholarship

This award provides a $2,500 housing scholarship for at least one student chosen by Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society, for its Washington Internship Scholarship award. For an application form and more information, visit Pi Sigma Alpha.

Awards from The Leadership Initiative for Students with Disabilities

If you self-identify as having a disability (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA), and have U.S. Citizenship, you may be eligible for a scholarship through the Leadership Initiative for Students with Disabilities.

This Initiative provides awards between $500 and $4,000 toward TWC program or housing costs and these awards can sometimes be combined with state scholarships. If you’d like to be considered for one of these scholarships, you should: 

  • Complete and submit an application to TWC’s Academic Internship Program (AIP). We also recommend that you self-identify as having a disability on the application.
  • Once you’ve been accepted by TWC: 
    • Provide TWC with documentation from your physician or home institution’s disability services office. We’ll be sure to reach out to you about receiving this information!
    • Return to the student portal to complete the disability services application, particularly if you require accommodations.

The Leadership Initiative for Students with Disabilities is generously supported by several donors. The various scholarships available from these donors are described below.

AT&T Leadership Initiative for Students with Disabilities (LISD) Scholarship

Funded by the AT&T Foundation, these awards provide assistance to select students who self-identify as having a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Kessler Foundation Leadership Initiative for Students with Disabilities (LISD) Scholarship

Funded by the Kessler Foundation, these awards provide scholarships to select students who attend New Jersey institutions, are from New Jersey, and self-identify as having a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Awards from Other Private Donors

Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation Massachusetts Scholarship

Funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, these awards provide scholarships to a limited number of Massachusetts students to attend a TWC semester in Washington, D.C. For more information on state scholarships, see our state scholarships page

Ford Motor Company Fund John Dingell Fellow and Scholar Awards

Funded by Ford Motor Company Fund, John Dingell Scholarships are awarded to select Michigan students who reside in or study in Southeast Michigan. The program was launched in 2015 in honor of the late Congressman John Dingell, offers scholarships and fellowships to qualifying students.

William Randolph Hearst Foundation Endowment Scholarships for Minority Students

In 1995, the William Hearst Randolph Foundation, with its longstanding tradition of supporting minorities, approved the creation of the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund for Minority Students. The Hearst Endowed Scholarships for minority students supports our diverse participants in TWC internship programs.

Margery Magill Memorial Scholarship

In honor of the late Margery Magill, this fund honors TWC’s departed colleague and awards scholarships to select students who share Ms. Magill’s passions for international relations, food security and women’s empowerment.

Motorola Solutions Foundation Public Safety and Law Enforcement Internship Scholarship

Funded by Motorola Solutions Foundation, these awards provide financial aid to select students interested in pursuing careers in the fields of law, criminal justice or public safety. Students that receive this scholarship must complete their internship at a site related to public safety or law enforcement.

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Foundation Scholarship

The PASSHE Foundation raises funds to supplement state funds to TWC, to provide scholarships for students to participate in a TWC summer internship program. The PASSHE Foundation and TWC have been partnering on affordable access to internships for Pennsylvania-based students since 2010. For more information on state scholarships, see our state scholarships page

President’s Council Scholarship, Access and Opportunity Fund

Funded by generous major donors, President’s Council Scholarships strengthen TWC’s ability to provide access and opportunity to first-generation, underrepresented or low-income college students by awarding scholarships to select students from these backgrounds.

Scott Rechler Hofstra University Scholarship

Funded by Save the Starfish Foundation and TWC alum, Scott Rechler ’88, these scholarships are awarded to select students from Hofstra University participating in TWC's semester or seminar programs.

Southwest Airlines Travel Scholarship

Southwest Airlines provides flight e-passes for select students traveling to Washington, D.C. to participate in TWC programming.

TOTE Maritime Scholarship for Alaskan Students

Funded by TOTE Maritime, this award provides scholarships to Alaskan students participating in TWC semester programs. For more information on state scholarships, see our state scholarships page

Verizon Diversity Scholarship

Funded by Verizon Foundation, the Diversity Scholarship is awarded to a select student participating in TWC’s Academic Internship Program who is either a first-generation college student or from a diverse or underrepresented group.

Verizon Criminal Justice Scholarship

Funded by Verizon Foundation, the Criminal Justice Scholarship is awarded to a select student participating in TWC’s Academic Internship Program that is pursuing a career track or internship in law enforcement, criminal justice or advocacy.

Verizon STEM Scholarship

Funded by Verizon, the STEM award provides scholarships towards TWC program or housing costs to students pursuing degrees in STEM fields. To receive this award, students must complete their TWC internship in a STEM-related field, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.