Four-year college scholarship available with:

  • Pre-college enrichment programs, plus
  • Mentors and Peer Group Support

Now Accepting Applications through June 30, 2017

Westmoreland/Shaw Scholar and Mentorship Program

Program Description: The Westmoreland/Shaw Scholars and Mentorship Program is a five-year program (senior year in high school and four years in college) that will be awarded in August 2017 to 4-7 students who will function as a peer group for one another during all five years.  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 series of programs on pre-college readiness, navigating the college terrain, and career exploration; 4) chances to serve as mentors to younger students. 

Expectations:  High school students who will begin college in the fall of 2018 will be selected as Westmoreland/Shaw Scholars in August of 2017.  Mentoring, peer group affiliations, and pre-college enrichment programs will begin shortly after that notification.  Westmoreland/Shaw 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 younger Shaw students, and maintain agreed upon academic progress over the five years.

Criteria Considered: Shaw residency, promise of success, first in family to go to college, high school grades, extracurricular activities, financial need, evidence of service to the community, leadership, and resilience.  Application is attached. The students will be selected from the high schools serving the Shaw community — including Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, McKinley Technology High School, Francis L. Cardoza High School, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, and Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

History: The scholarship program evolved out of a long-standing partnership between Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC) in Bethesda, MD and the 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

in partnership with the Shaw Community Center