Behind the Exclusive Collegiate Scholarship from Washington Accord
We firmly believe one of the most efficient ways to improve the communities nation-wide is by improving the education level of the members of the community. We know that many have financial restraints from being able to continue to afford the high cost of college. Sometimes the difference is a mere $1,000.00.
We want to help you.
To help you grow your future career and financial success, we offer scholarships throughout the year to help you meet your financial needs as you continue your education. We know it can get expensive. Real expensive. We also want to make the process of picking the winner of our scholarships easy too.
You see, as you have worked and attended college, there has been some combination of people you have met, either employers, teachers, neighbors, family or friends who have shown you by example, what it truly takes to make a substantial positive impact in your local community.
We believe in focusing on "the greater good." We, at Washington Accord, want the "greater good" not just in our local community, but in all communities. It starts with making ourselves the "greater good."
This "greater good" is a fundamental element of our scholarship winners.
Whether you are a veteran, a single mother, a minority, LGBTQ, suffering from extreme financial hardship, etc. we offer scholarships to help you.
Scholarships Currently Available
Single mothers face challenges that many people are completely unaware. Raising children while also working full-time to support their family is a stress only a single mom can relate. Raising a family is difficult enough for two parents. Raising a family as a single parent can be overwhelming at times.
One of the options that are tough because the cost of going back to school to finish their degree so they can get a better paying job. It can be the difference in working 2-3 jobs or just working one. That can save a mother's sanity.
Because of these stresses and sense of being overwhelmed is why we offer this scholarship, to help give single mothers a chance at a better life and the lives of their children through better opportunities that a higher education provides.
The entire country and the world stopped for a moment by the tragic events which happened in Orlando, Florida on June 12th. What was more moving to us was how the local community in Orlando, as well as communities around the nation and the world, literally stopped what they were doing and offered any assistance they could. Lines wrapped around for blocks to donate blood, vigils organized and political differences were set aside for the greater good.
If you are a member of the LGBTQ community, we want to help you finish your degree to help provide for opportunities to thrive in the career you want.
Writing an Essay
We know writing essays may not be your favorite thing, but it is a way for us to get to know you. Through an essay? Yes. You see, your writing style comes through, your organizational skills, and ability to be concise with a well thought out message.
Here is your assignment: write an essay no fewer than 700 words about a financial topic of your choice.
If you follow the rules when submitting your application, we will do our best to help provide career guidance for you if you need it. However, you must approach us. We like individuals who are assertive and go for what they want.
By applying for our private scholarships, you agree to provide co-authorship rights of your response to our essay request, and you agree to allow us to post your biographical information. We will publish the winning response on this site as a resource for other students to utilize. We may use your response to create a derivative work, such as an article or video. Your bio will be posted to provide transparency.
The Application Deadline is December 31, 2016.
The winner will be selected on February 15, 2017.
- Be a current United States citizen or a permanent resident of the United States,
- Currently enrolled in an accredited college or university within the United States,
- A current and active member of the LGBTQ community or a single mother,
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
The overall strength of the application and how the applicant has overcome the challenges of being a single mother or part of the LGBTQ community and any discrimination you have faced in your life because of who you are as a person are vital factors in the selection process.
Applicants must submit the following items:
- A completed application,
- A current academic transcript with the name of the college or university you are currently attending,
- An essay and the bonus essay
How to apply
If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, please complete the Washington Accord Scholarship Application.
All application materials can be sent by email on or before Dec. 31, 2016.
Complete the application and documents and send to the attention of Sandra Jamison: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Current enrollment is required in at least six (6) units at a two-year college, trade school, four-year college, or graduate school;
- We need government identification to verify that you are at least 18 years of age. Your ID is required to make sure you have the legal ability to share your publishing rights. We are not partial to an age group; and
- You must provide an official transcript establishing a minimum 2.3 college G.P.A. If you have not completed college classes, you must submit a transcript establishing a minimum 2.5 high school G.P.A.
- Friends and family of Washington Accord founders, board members, executive and employees are not eligible for this scholarship.
- Submissions deemed plagiarized will not be considered.
- The scholarship award will be remitted on your behalf directly to your school for tuition or fees.
No purchase necessary.
Your Privacy Is Protected
The information you submit will not be sold or rented to any company. We may use it to determine your eligibility for, and contact you regarding, this scholarship. The only exception, as noted below, is that we plan on publishing the winning response and the name of the award recipient. Information from applicants not awarded this scholarship will be purged as quickly as possible after the announcement of the winner.
A Winning Response
We will publish the winning response, and our hope is the winning entry will help those identifying as LGBTQ or single mothers as they navigate their way through the world in their career.
The winning response should:
1) be easy to read and comprehend,
2) include practical, actionable advice or tips, and
3) be well-thought out and organized.
Tips For a Winning Response
- Formatting and case setting are important. Do not submit your essay in one large block of text. White space can be your friend. Don't use a strange font or colors. Use the same professionalism as if this was a job application. Also, typing in ALL CAPS can result in your submission of being declined.
- Just say "no" to emojis, abbreviations such as "LOL," and the use of emoticons.
- Leave sarcasm at the door. Your intent and the perception by the reader can often be two entirely different things. Tone cannot be "heard" in a written essay. Avoid the use of it. Be clear, concise and direct in your writing.
- Send from a professional email address. We have received an application from "email@example.com." If you need to, create a new email address with Gmail for your scholarship submissions.
- Be clear and direct in your writing and application. We receive a lot of requests and just like a job interview; you need to "stand out" from the crowd in a positive way. Poor writing, sentence structure, rambling paragraphs, creative punctuation, etc. are fast tickets to the rejection pile.
- Proofread your essay and application out loud. Yes, read it out loud slowly. You may notice problems you didn't catch before, and if you get stuck reading, that means the sentence structure has an issue. Rewrite it because chances are when we read it we will get stuck too.
The Washington Accord Team