Four-year college scholarship available with pre-college enrichment programs, plus mentors and Peer Group Support!

Now Accepting Applications through April 20, 2018

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 awarding its second generation of student awards in May 2018. Three Dunbar High School juniors were awarded the first recognition as Westmoreland/Shaw Scholars in May 2017 and will be going off to college in the fall of 2018. At least two more students will be selected as the next round of Westmoreland/Shaw scholars in May 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 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 2019 will be selected as Westmoreland/Shaw Scholars in May 2018. 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 Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

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.