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Scholarship Resources

DCCAP Scholarship Guidebook

Going Merry has thousands of national, regional, and local scholarships. There are also opportunities for every grade level, from freshmen to seniors. You can also download the Going Merry mobile app (and sign up that way) on iOS or Android.

Going Merry includes:

  • Scholarship bundles: You can apply to multiple scholarships using one application and the same essay prompt.
  • Vetted scholarships: The Going Merry team personally reviews every scholarship listing on the site, to ensure the scholarship program is still active and the information is correct.
  • Personal matching: Once signed up, you’ll answer a few questions to fill out a basic profile, and then get matched to scholarships that fit your background, academics, interests, etc.
  • Clear organization: You can shortlist favorites and get deadline reminders about them. All drafts and applications are saved, and you’ll get updates on the scholarships you’ve applied to.
  • Direct, auto-filled applications: You can apply to many scholarships directly on the site (with forms helpfully pre-filled).

Scholarship Opportunities

2021 Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation, Inc. (PIEF) Scholarship  

The Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation, Inc. (PIEF), in conjunction with the Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is proud to continue our long-standing tradition of providing educational assistance to deserving young students attending Public and Public Charter High Schools in Washington, D.C. Completed applications must be received no later than March 17, 2021 and must be forwarded by the guidance counselor or school official. Our process is 100% electronic this year and your signature is required to ensure application completion.  Please note that the scholarships are not gender-restricted. 

If you or any of your students have any questions, please feel free to contact the Scholarship Committee Chairman, Donna Taylor at



Scholarship Program of The Federal City Alumnae Chapter of Chapter (The FCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated  

The FCAC Scholarship Program objective is to provide scholarships annually to graduating high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated leadership, and contributed their talents to the improvement of their community through service.  To be considered for a scholarship award, a student applicant must:

  • be African-American
  • be a graduating senior from a District of Columbia high school (public, private, or charter)
  • have applied or been accepted to enter an accredited four-year university or college as a full-time student in the school year immediately following the scholarship award
  • have a scholastic average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale through the end of the second quarter of their high school senior year
  • complete the application in accordance with the prescribed guidelines

 Questions about the program and/or the application may be forwarded or to  

Abramson Scholarship  

Eligibility requirements:

  • Be graduating in June from a public high school located in the District of Columbia 
  • Be a D.C. resident (or be able to demonstrate compliance with D.C. law re: tuition payments for non-residents)
  • 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
  • Have a solid academic record demonstrated by an overall 2.75 GPA (unweighted) or better

How to apply: submit an application and supporting documentation online. 

Automotive Aftermarket Scholarships 


Hundreds of scholarships are available for the 2021-22 academic year to students training to become automotive, heavy duty or collision repair technicians, as well as those studying IT/cybersecurity, engineering, accounting, business or other courses of study. Graduating high school seniors, full-time post-secondary students, and former recipients are welcome to apply. Each completed application is considered for all scholarships where the student meets the qualifications.   

Washington DC Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Centennial Scholarship for High School Seniors 

Students must be graduating high school seniors enrolling full-time in an accredited two- or four-year institution and have earned a GPA of 2.7 or above on a 4.0 scale.


Miss Utility/District One Call Scholarship 


Miss Utility/District One Call will select eight students from Maryland and Washington, D.C., to each receive a $1,008.11 single-year scholarship. Click here for the online application. To be eligible, applicants must be on track to graduate from a Maryland or Washington, D.C., high school and intend to enroll in an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or technical school beginning.

The Miss Utility/District One Call Scholarship requires applicants to submit the following:

  • General contact information
  • Essay describing the importance of Miss Utility/District One Call and how it could relate to a future career path
  • High school transcript – we accept unofficial transcripts

Application forms and attachments must be submitted here. For mail-in entry, please submit the application to: MGH for Miss Utility/District One Call, Attn: Gabriella Tancona, 100 Painters Mill Road, Suite 600, Owings Mills, MD 21117


Washington Hall of Fame Scholarship 

This four-year scholarship is open to all DC Public and Public Charter School seniors. It is made possible by three Quaker Meetings: Friends Meeting of Washington (FMW), Langley Hill Friends Meeting, and Bethesda Friends Meeting. The scholarship was established in 1981, and in 1993 it was named for Mary Jane Simpson, an FMW member who had been a social worker in the DC public schools.  It is supported entirely through donations by individuals.

Selection Criteria:  Students with demonstrated drive and determination to succeed in college, solid academic achievement, strong financial need,* success in overcoming past obstacles, strong values and contribution to community. Recipients are chosen by a committee of the three sponsoring Meetings.

*The committee focuses its awards on students whose families cannot contribute to their college education, which typically means families with household incomes of $50,000 or less.  The committee uses the Federal FAFSA form to determine eligibility.

Number of Scholarships to be Awarded this Year: at least 5

Amount Awarded per Student:  At least $6,000, disbursed $1,500 per year for years one through four of college.

Application Criteria and Instructions:  With the 2021 application cycle, the scholarship is moving to an on-line submission platform. We can accept most file formats, but prefer pdfs.  To start your application, you must first create an account (below) with Please be sure to save your log-in and password information, so that you can return to this site.

Questions:  Questions about the scholarship, criteria, requirements, for those experiencing technical issues with the online platform or students unable to access the internet, please email

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The DC College Access Program Scholarship 

This opportunity provides a yearly $4,000 scholarship award - for up to five years - for students to attend a four-year college or university anywhere nationwide.  (That is a maximum total of $20,000 towards your Cost of Attendance). Complete the DC-CAP Scholarship Award application by clicking here. If you are a student who has registered for participation in the Ward 7 & 8 Program - The DC College Access Program Ward 7 & 8 Scholars Program Scholarship is, also, now open.


This opportunity provides a yearly $5,000 scholarship award - for up to five years - for students to attend a four-year college or university anywhere nationwide.  (That is a maximum total of $25,000 towards your Cost of Attendance). You can complete the DC College Access Program Ward 7 & 8 Scholars Program Scholarship application by clicking here. The deadline to complete the application is totality is April 30, 2021. Yes, both applications use the same form.  However, you must indicate on the form which one who are applying to. Please note that for both award opportunities:


  • You must have a least a 2.5 cumulative GPA (verified by your submission of an Official Transcript);
  • You must have completed the FAFSA (verified by your submission of a full copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR));
  • You must complete and submit a DC-CAP Student Authorization Form;
  • There is an essay component to the scholarships (your personal statement can be used); and
  • All documents must either be uploaded in the application directly upon its submission or emailed to me directly, for submission.

Note: Ward 7 & 8 Scholar Program participants please ensure you have completed all life-skill and work readiness video works to remain eligible.

The Ivy Foundation Scholarship

Each year, The Ivy Foundation awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to help make the academic dreams of students from the District of Columbia a reality.  The Ivy Foundation seeks to award four scholarships ($500-$2,500) to deserving students in the District. The Ivy Foundation (Foundation), a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1986 by the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Xi Zeta Omega Chapter. Please visit our website for more information:

IDEA Scholarships

IDEA administers several college scholarships for our graduates. 

Booker T. Washington Scholarship ($1000)

The Booker T. Washington Scholarship is awarded to a scholar who has been accepted to college, earned a B or higher and held a leadership position at IDEA. This scholarship is sponsored by Colonel William Dexter, who previously served as IDEA’s principal, deputy director, and founding board member. Scholarship funds are sent directly to the recipient’s college or university.

Recipients must: 

  • Be accepted into college or university
  • Earn 2.5 or higher GPA
  • Have held a leadership position at IDEA 
  • Not be IDEA’s valedictorian and salutatorian
  • Use scholarship should only for tuition, room and board, and books 
  • Not have received ROTC scholarships

Karen P. Owens Scholarships

The Karen P. Owens Scholarships are sponsored by IDEA Board Member David Owens in honor of his wife Karen, who strongly supported education as the key to success for African-American students.

Karen P. Owens Scholarship ($2000)

Recipients must

  • Demonstrate most academic improvement
  • Contribute to their community
  • Be involved in extracurricular activities
  • Have overcome a challenging environment and succeeded 
  • Be graduating

Karen P. Owens Scholarship ($2,000) 

Recipient must be most improved in English.

Karen P. Owens Scholarship ($2,000)

Recipient must be most improved in math.

Stroman-Travers "Vigor, Vim, Vitality" Scholarship ($1000 per recipient, two awards given) 

This scholarship honors the late US Air Force Chief Senior Master SGT David Lee Stroman and US Army SFC (R) Carroll Travers, who was one of IDEA’s founders. The Stroman-Travers “Vigor, Vim, Vitality” scholarship was founded by a family who believes in education and leadership. The founding fathers of this scholarship have made it a part of their life work to lead with change in order to support underserved populations. Both servicemen encouraged enthusiasm and energy in full force throughout their lifetime. These courageous men served for the United States Armed Forces and continuously created opportunities for the next generation to lead with change.

This $1,000 scholarship award will be granted to two deserving seniors who show excitement for learning and leading. The awarded IDEA scholars should demonstrate an aptitude for acquiring new knowledge and should exercise leadership capacity through moments of difficulty. The scholars must showcase courage and perseverance throughout their academic career to reveal their individual influence on today’s youth.