We are accepting applications for a four-year college scholarship totaling $20,000 available with individual college counseling, pre-college enrichment programs, plus mentors and Peer Group Support.


Program Description: The Westmoreland Scholars and Mentorship Program is a five-year program (senior year in high school and four years in college) that will be awarding its second generation of student awards in June 2018. Three Dunbar High School juniors were awarded the first recognition as Westmoreland Scholars in May 2017 and will be going off to college in the fall of 2018. Three more students will be selected as the next round of Westmoreland scholars in June 2018. Each student will be guaranteed: 1) a yearly $5,000 scholarship while in college for a total of $20,000; 2) a mentoring program linked to success in college and in life; 3) a professional college counselor to offer individualized assistance in navigating the college application process; 4) a series of programs on pre-college readiness, navigating the college terrain, and career exploration; 5) chances to serve as mentors to younger students. 

Expectations:  High school students will be selected as Westmoreland Scholars. Mentoring, college counseling, peer group affiliations, and pre-college enrichment programs will begin shortly after that notification. Westmoreland Scholars will be expected to participate in the programming opportunities, develop a relationship with their primary mentor, serve after their first year as mentors themselves in at least one program a year for newer generations of Westmoreland Scholars, and maintain agreed upon academic progress over the five years.

Criteria Considered: DC resident, promise of success, first in family to go to college, financial need, high school grades, extracurricular activities, evidence of service to the community, leadership, and resilience.

History: The scholarship program evolved out of a long-standing partnership between Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC) in Bethesda, MD and the DC Shaw neighborhood. We co-founded and oversee with Lincoln Temple United Church of Christ the Lincoln Westmoreland Apartments with its newest wing of affordable housing, the Channing E. Phillips Homes, and we helped establish and sustain the Shaw Community Center.   

The program is supported by Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ.