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. 
  • 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 $3,000 toward TWC program or 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 $2,500 toward TWC program or 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 $3,000 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 Scholarships
    Funded by the AT&T Foundation, these awards provide program and housing assistance in varying amounts to competitively selected students who self-identify as having a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
     
  • Kessler Foundation Scholarships
    Funded by the Kessler Foundation, these awards provide scholarships of varying amounts to a limited number of 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). Students selected for this award may be asked for a brief personal statement.

Awards from Other Private Donors

  • Mitsui USA Scholarship
    This award provides a limited number of $1,500 scholarships to students interested in international trade, business and/or investment as as reflected by their resume and transcript, as well as their course selection and internship preferences. Additionally, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have a 3.0 minimum GPA to qualify for this award. Students who have demonstrated community service and leadership or have a background in language studies will be especially competitive.
     
  • Motorola Solutions Foundation Public Safety and Law Enforcement Internship Scholarship
    This award provides scholarships between $1,000 and $5,000 towards TWC program or housing fees to students interested in pursuing careers in the fields of law, criminal justice or public safety, as reflected reflected on their resume and transcript. To receive this award, students must complete their internship at a site related to public safety or law enforcement.
     
  • Verizon Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarship
    This award provides scholarships between $1,000 and $5,000 toward 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.