D.C. Scholars Program

Johns Hopkins University is proud to offer the D.C. Scholars Program, a cohort experience with a generous, two-tiered financial aid program that recognizes high-achieving Washington D.C. public school, and public charter school, graduates from families that earn up to $150,000 and have typical assets.

Under the D.C. Scholars Program, eligible students with family incomes of $80,000 or less receive full cost-of-attendance scholarships covering tuition, room and board, and fees. Students with family incomes between $80,000 and $150,000 have a family contribution capped at 10% of family income.

More Than a Scholarship

The D.C. Scholars Program is a multidimensional program designed to connect students with resources and opportunities during their four years at Hopkins. Administered by the Center for Student Success in partnership with the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid, the Program provides a full range of opportunities that enhance the undergraduate experience in and outside the classroom: peer and faculty mentoring, connections with alumni, and community engagement initiatives. D.C. Scholars also have access to specialized programming—lecture series, and dinners with deans, administrators, and senior faculty—as well as supplemental funds for internship, research, and study abroad opportunities.

The Scholarship

The D.C. Scholars Program provides families making less than $150,000 the following support:

For families making $80,000 or less: The scholarship covers full cost of attendance, including tuition, room and board (housing and meals), fees, books, and other associated costs.

For families making $80,000-$150,000: Family contribution is capped at 10 percent of total family income. (For example, a D.C. Scholar whose household income was $100,000 would be asked to pay about $10,000 toward their education each year, and the scholarship will meet the remaining cost.)


To be considered for the scholarship, students must:

  • be graduates of a Washington D.C. public school or public charter school
  • have been a Washington D.C. resident and attended a D.C. public school or public charter school for at least 10th, 11th, and 12th grades
  • be a full-time, first-year, and first-time degree-seeking student
  • submit all required financial aid documents by the deadline (Note: If you would like to request a waiver for the CSS PROFILE, please contact Student Financial Services.)

In addition, students’ families must meet the income eligibility requirements.

A separate application for this program is not required. Students who meet the eligibility requirements and are admitted to Johns Hopkins University will automatically become a D.C. Scholar.

If you have questions about the D.C. Scholars Program, please reach out to Calvin Wise at calvin.wise@jhu.edu.

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