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DC-CAP Scholarship Awards

DC-CAP SCHOLARSHIP AWARD (1st Year Students) 

All DC public and public charter high school seniors meeting eligibility criteria and enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university are eligible to apply for the DC-CAP Scholarship Award – for up to $4,000 per year for up to five years – maximum amount of $20,000. 
 
The scholarship is on a first come, first serve basis.  This award is not guaranteed and is subject to the availability of funds. All recipients of the scholarship MUST attend the DC-CAP Pre-College Experience in order to receive funding.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: 
  • You’re a graduating senior of a DC-CAP participating DC public or public charter high school 
  • You have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher 
  • You’ve completed a DC-CAP Registration Card 
  • You’ve submitted a DC-CAP Student Authorization Form 
  • You demonstrate financial need and leadership potential 
  • You’ve registered for the DC-CAP program and participate in monthly virtual and school-based individual and/or group counseling sessions with your DC-CAP Advisor 
For more information, go to DC-CAP Scholarship Flyer and DC-CAP Scholarship Brochure.
DC-CAP UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (1st Year Students) 
 
DC-CAP has established 14 partnerships with institutions of higher education committed to recruiting and graduating DC public and public charter high school graduates.  As a University Partnership Scholar, students receive the following benefits: 
  • Up to a full-tuition scholarship, that covers direct costs including tuition, fees, room, and board 
  • Renewable scholarship support based on student satisfactory academic progress.
  • A campus visit sponsored by DC-CAP during the Spring semester
  • Pre-College programming to prepare you and your family for the transition from high school to college.
  • Extensive programs and services from DC-CAP and the partner institution focused on academic, career, financial aid, and personal advisement and counseling. 
  • Continued support services provided by a dedicated, on-campus advisor. 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: 
  • You’re a graduating senior of a DC-CAP participating DC public or public charter high school 
  • You’re DC-TAG eligible
  • You’ve completed a DC-CAP Registration Card 
  • You’ve submitted a DC-CAP Student Authorization Form 
  • You’re admitted by and attend selected partner institution in the Fall immediately following senior year 
  • You have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.7 or higher 
  • You demonstrate leadership skills and community service experience
 
DC-CAP UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP INSTITUTIONS - HS CLASS of 2022

Alabama A&M University 
Location: Huntsville, AL
School Type: HBCU
Undergraduate Enrollment: 5,093
GPA Requirement: 3.25 (unweighted) | SAT/ACT Required:  SAT - 1130 | ACT - 23
Admissions Deadline: January 31 | https://www.aamu.edu/admissions-aid/index.html
FAFSA Priority Deadline: March 1
Top Programs of Study: Biology, Business Administration, Mechanical Engineering, Social Work, Criminal Justice
Fun Facts:
Largest HBCU in the state of Alabama
Largest number of minority STEM graduates in Alabama
Only HBCU in the nation to host an accredited forestry degree program
 
The Catholic University of America
Location: Washington, DC
School Type: PWI
Undergraduate Enrollment: 3,055
GPA Requirement: B Average | SAT/ACT Required:  Test Blind
Admissions Deadline: November 1 (Early Action) and January 15 (Regular Decision)
FAFSA Priority Deadline: December 1 (Early Action) and February 15 (Regular Decision)
Top Programs of Study: Political Science & Government, Nursing, Architecture, Psychology, Mechanical Engineering
Fun Facts:
Largest self-contained campus in Washington D.C. on 176 acres of land; also, the greenest campus in the District.
Take Flight Program is a 4-year program for first generation college students.
Every student will have a minimum of two advisors through its Center for Academic and Career Success
Study Abroad is open to all majors and students can go abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year.
 
Delaware State University 
Location: Dover, DE
School Type: HBCU
Undergraduate Enrollment: 4,131
GPA Requirement: 2.70 (unweighted) | SAT/ACT Optional:  SAT - 800 | ACT - 17
Admissions Deadline: January 31 | https://www.desu.edu/admissions
FAFSA Priority Deadline: March 15
Top Programs of Study: Kinesiology, Criminal Justice, Mass Communications, Management, Psychology, Social Work
Fun Facts:
Delaware State builds breakthrough leaders of tomorrow – one student at a time. 
The Most Diverse Contemporary HBCU in America 
Ranked #3 Public HBCU in America 
Largest Aviation Program fleet among HBCUs
 
Eastern Connecticut State University
Location: Willimantic, CT 
School Type: PWI
Undergraduate Enrollment: 4,063
GPA Requirement: 3.4 with test (unweighted) and 3.6 with no test | SAT/ACT Test Optional:  SAT - 1100 | ACT - 23
Admissions Deadline: January 31 | https://www.easternct.edu/admissions/index.html

FAFSA Priority Deadline: March 1
Top Programs of Study: Business Management/Marketing, Social Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Psychology, and Communications
Fun Facts:
Known for its strong undergraduate research program and other applied learning opportunities.
Eastern provides its students with small classes – 21 students on average – and individualized attention that help them thrive. 
ECSU has the highest percentage of faculty members of color out of any public or private university in the state.
Dedicated advising and support services offered by our Office of Opportunity Programs, a specialized department in our Academic Success Center.
 
Florida A&M University
Location: Tallahassee, FL
School Type: HBCU
Undergraduate Enrollment: 7,402
GPA Requirement: 3.75 | SAT/ACT Required, SAT - 1100 | ACT - 23
Admissions Deadline: January 31 |  http://admissions.famu.edu/
FAFSA Priority Deadline: January 1
Top Programs of Study: Architecture, Journalism, Computer Information Systems, and Psychology
Fun Facts
Ranked the #1 Public HBCU by U.S. News and World Report for the 3rd consecutive year (2020-2022)
Ranked #104 in the nation amongst all private and public schools (recently moved up from #117) 
#1 Producer of African-American Women with Ph. D.’s
 
George Mason University
Location: Fairfax, VA
School Type: PWI
Undergraduate Enrollment: 26,967
GPA Requirement: 3.00 (weighted) | SAT/ACT Test Optional
Admissions Deadline: November 1 (Early Action) and January 31 (Regular Decision) 
FAFSA Priority Deadline: January 15
Top Programs of Study: Business Management/Marketing, Computer and Information Sciences, Social Sciences, Health Professions, Homeland Security/Law Enforcement
Fun Facts: 
Ranked the most diverse university in Virginia by US News and World Report 
The largest R1 research institution in Virginia. 
New First Gen+ center provides additional support for first gen population on campus.  
Kent State University
Location: Kent, OH
School Type: PWI
Undergraduate Enrollment: 36,000
GPA Requirement: 3.25 (unweighted) | SAT/ACT Optional:  SAT - 980 | ACT - 21
Admissions Deadline: November 1 (Priority) and February 1 (Regular Decision)
FAFSA Priority Deadline: January 31
Top Programs of Study: Nursing, Psychology, Business Management, Fashion Merchandising, Criminology and Justice Studies
Fun Facts: 
Student body includes students from all 50 states and over 100 countries
87% of recent graduates working or continuing their education within a year
40% of Nurse in Northeast Ohio are KSU graduates
 
Marshall University
Location: Huntington, WV 
School Type: PWI
Undergraduate Enrollment: 8,776
GPA Requirement: 2.70 (unweighted) | SAT/ACT Test Optional
Admissions Deadline: January 31 | https://www.marshall.edu/admissions/
FAFSA Priority Deadline: March 1
Top Programs of Study: Education, Nursing, Business Management, Psychology, Biology
Fun Facts: 
U.S. News and World Report has ranked Marshall in its top tier Best National Universities, and students will learn from top professors, have access to professional career experiences, and find a sense of belonging and acceptance that will help you achieve your potential.
Marshall’s R-2 “high research activity” Carnegie classification places them in the top 6% of all U.S. colleges and universities, which means students can be involved in meaningful research with faculty beginning as early as freshman year.
Marshall has been voted the Most Beautiful Campus in WV by Buzzfeed.
 
North Carolina A&T State University
Location: Greensboro, NC
School Type: HBCU
Undergraduate Enrollment: 11,130
GPA Requirement: 3.62 (weighted) | SAT/ACT Test Optional
Admissions Deadline: October 15 (Early Action I), December 15 (Early Action II), January 31 (Regular Decision) | https://www.ncat.edu/admissions/index.php
FAFSA Priority Deadline: December 1
Top Programs of Study: Engineering, Agriculture, Business Management, Communication, Kinesiology
Fun Facts: 
No. 1 historically black university (HBCU) in the nation (Washington Monthly's 2021 College Guide and Rankings, Money magazine's Best Colleges 2020) 
America's largest HBCU for the seventh consecutive year (U.S. Dept. of Education) 
Most affordable of North Carolina's top universities. A&T alumni earn more in average early career earnings than those of all but one other UNC System campus: $54,600) (Money Magazine’s Best Colleges 2020) 
STEM-Focused Institution 
 
Ohio University
Location: Athens, OH
School Type: PWI
Undergraduate Enrollment: 18,913
GPA Requirement: 3.00 (unweighted) | SAT/ACT Test Optional
Admissions Deadline: November 15 (Early Action), January 31 (Regular Decision) https://www.ohio.edu/admissions/
FAFSA Priority Deadline: January 15
Top Programs of Study: Nursing, Business Administration, Marketing, Psychology
Fun Facts:
One of the top 100 art communities in America
Incredible facilities for science and technology including: the Edison Biotechnology Institute, Edwards Accelerator Lab, the Diabetes Institute, and the only avionics engineering center in the U.S.
Invests $87 million dollars a year in research
 
SUNY Oswego
Location: Oswego, NY
School Type: PWI
Undergraduate Enrollment: 6,700
GPA Requirement: 3.40 (unweighted) | SAT/ACT Test Optional
Admissions Deadline: November 15 (Early Action), January 15 (Regular Decision) 
FAFSA Priority Deadline: February 15
Top Programs of Study: Business Administration, Communication, Psychology, Education, Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Fun Facts
Great Reputation - Consistently rates by US News, Princeton Review, USA Today and others as among the country's top value colleges.
Spectacular Setting on the shore of Lake Ontario and on the edge of the small, comfortable city of Oswego, in upstate New York. Students will find a tremendous sense of community on campus supported by our 200 clubs and organizations and the 95% of 1st-year students that live on-campus.
A great diversity of programs and opportunities are offered through our four schools offering some 140 academic programs.
o College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
o School of Business
o School of Education
o School of Communication, Media and the Arts
 
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Location: St. Mary’s City, MD
School Type: PWI
Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,488
GPA Requirement: 3.3 (unweighted) | SAT/ACT Test Optional
Admissions Deadline: November 1 (Early Action), January 15 (Regular Decision) 
 FAFSA Priority Deadline: February 28
Top Programs of Study: Psychology, Environmental Studies, Biology, Economics, English
Fun Facts:
Exceptional and Accessible Professors who want to see their students succeed. Mentorship Matters and we do that exceptionally well. Each Professor holds a PhD and classes are not taught by Teacher Assistants, students learn from the best 
93% Outcome Rate: SMCM students are employed, continuing education or in the military 6 months after graduation. This contributes to a low loan default rate of less than 2%
St. Mary’s College of Maryland is ranked in the top 5 happiest students and top 25 healthiest college campuses in the country. Students love the waterfront.
 
West Chester University
Location: West Chester, PA
School Type: PWI
Undergraduate Enrollment: 14,712
GPA Requirement: 3.25 (unweighted) | SAT/ACT Test Optional
Admissions Deadline: November 1 (Early Action), January 31 (Regular Decision)
FAFSA Priority Deadline: January 1
Top Programs of Study: Business, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Nursing, Education
Fun Facts: 
The faculty members are very qualified professors and are extremely helpful when teaching college courses. Regardless of class size, professors will know your name and interests. 
West Chester University is located in a wonderful location. Minutes away from the downtown of West Chester, there are many local boutiques and a variety of restaurants for all to visit. In addition, there are a lot of community run events such as food festivals and holiday parades. West Chester has the perfect college town feel, and students feel safe walking to and from town throughout the day and night. 
There are a lot of scholarships and financial aid opportunities for students to help cover the cost of tuition. In addition, there are a lot of job opportunities and work studies for students to earn money while taking college classes. 
 
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Location: Lowell, MA
School Type: PWI
Undergraduate Enrollment: 11,674
GPA Requirement: 3.25 (unweighted) | SAT/ACT Test Optional
Admissions Deadline: November 5 (Early Action I), January 5 (Early Action II), January 31 (Regular Decision) | https://www.uml.edu/admissions-aid/

FAFSA Priority Deadline: March 1
Top Programs of Study: Business Administration, Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences, Health Professions
Fun Facts: 
Among the top 200 research universities in the US according to US New and World Report
300+ Study Abroad opportunities
38% students of color
#1 Sustainable university in Massachusetts

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