Enhancing the lives of residents of the District of Columbia, acknowledging educational achievement, and encouraging continued academic pursuits are primary objectives of the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. The Washington DC Alumnae Chapter’s (WDCAC) annual scholarship program recognizes graduating high school students who are residents of Washington, D.C. and prior WDCAC scholarship recipients who display academic excellence, community service, leadership skills, and who choose to attend an institution of higher learning.
The Scholarship Committee administers the scholarship program for the WDCAC, which includes making available (www.wdcac.org) applications to public, private, charter, and parochial high school seniors in Washington D.C.; as well as, recommending students for the chapter’s scholarships. The Scholarship Committee also is responsible for planning the Back-Pack Brigade (a collection of back-packs & other school supplies) and Educational Symposium (a discussion on all aspects of preparing for college & the application process).
Winners of Washington DC Alumnae Chapter scholarships are notified in April by the Scholarship Committee, and scholarship awards are presented to the recipients at the Chapter’s Community Forum and Scholarship Awards Ceremony held in May.
During last year’s ceremony we awarded over $30,000 in new and continuing scholarships. We also awarded six trunk scholarships which consisted of items such as towels, sheets, iron, alarm clock, and toiletry items that students will need when they begin college.
The applicant must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for a scholarship:
· Must be a resident of Washington, D.C.
· Must attend a Washington, DC public, private, charter, or parochial high school
· Must be a high school senior graduating in 2016
· Plan to enter an accredited two or four-year university or college as a full-time freshman in the Fall of 2016
The following documents MUST be attached to your completed application form:
□ Official High School Transcript. The transcript must: (1) cite the cumulative grade point average, (2) be signed by a school official, and (3) be stamped with the official school seal. The transcript must be in a separate sealed envelope within the application package. Schools should provide an explanation of grading system on official school letterhead if not following 4.0 grading scale.
□ Test Scores. Copy of official ACT or SAT scores. The scores must be in an envelope sealed by a school official, with the official’s signature or the school stamp across the sealed portion of the envelope. Online score reports printed from the websites will not be accepted. In addition, PSAT scores will not be accepted.
□ School Recommendation. One signed letter of recommendation from your current high school principal, counselor, or major academic teacher/advisor highlighting academic achievement. The letter must be on the high school’s official letterhead and include an original signature.
□ Community Service Recommendation. One signed letter of recommendation from an organization verifying current community service involvement. The letter must be on the organization’s official letterhead and should state your duties and show total hours earned.
* Persons writing recommendations should specify relationship or capacity in which they know or have observed the applicant. Unsigned letters (please include original signature) will not be accepted, therefore the application package will be deemed incomplete.
□ Autobiographic Essay. Typed, one page autobiographic essay including: academic/career goals, community service involvement, a statement of why the scholarship is important to you, and the expected benefit to be derived if you receive a scholarship.
□ Photograph. A recent photograph, no larger than 5x7 (no proofs). Please print your name on the back of photo. (Must be a headshot)
□ Signatures. Scholarship application must be signed by the student and parent/guardian (original signatures are required).