Johns Hopkins University today announced the launch of a new multidimensional program designed to recognize high-achieving students from Washington, D.C., and connect them with resources and opportunities during their four years at Hopkins.
The D.C. Scholars Program is a cohort experience with a two-tiered financial aid program that recognizes graduates of Washington D.C. public schools and public charter schools from families that earn up to $150,000 per year. The program, administered by the Center for Student Success in partnership with the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid, 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—including lecture series and dinners with deans, administrators, and senior faculty—as well as supplemental funds for internship, research, and study abroad opportunities.
"The D.C. Scholars Program is a reflection of the university's long-standing commitment to provide an enriching experience for our undergraduates and remove financial barriers for students who would thrive on our campus," said David Phillips, JHU's vice provost for admissions and financial aid. "We have seen first-hand the transformative opportunities our Baltimore Scholars Program has provided to Baltimore City students, and we're excited to see those opportunities expand to students in Washington, D.C."
Similar to the Baltimore Scholars Program launched in 2004, eligible students with family incomes of $80,000 or less receive full cost-of-attendance scholarships covering tuition & fees, housing, meals, books, and other related expenses. Students with family incomes between $80,000 and $150,000 will have their family contribution capped at 10% of family income.
The announcement of the program coincided with today's second wave of Early Decision notifications for applicants to the Class of 2026, which will arrive on campus in the fall of 2022. Hopkins offered admission to 301 students from a group of more than 3,000 applicants; they join the 520 Early Decision applicants who were offered spots in JHU's Class of 2026 in December.
The D.C. Scholars program will begin with the class entering the university this fall. It launches as Johns Hopkins expands its presence in the nation's capital in anticipation of the opening of its new state-of-the-art facility for D.C.-based programs at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. in 2023.
Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements will be considered for financial aid through the university's standard financial aid program. Johns Hopkins University meets 100% of calculated financial need for all of its students and awarded more than $150 million in grants and scholarships to undergraduates last year.
In addition to the family income cap, D.C. Scholars Program candidates must meet admission requirements for the university. The program is open to undergraduates who have been:
- A Washington D.C. public school or public charter school student for at least the last three years of high school; and
- A resident of the city for at least the three years prior to applying to the scholars program; and
- Accepted as a first-year, full-time undergraduate in the university's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Whiting School of Engineering, or Peabody Conservatory of Music.
More information about the D.C. Scholars Program at Johns Hopkins University is available at https://apply.jhu.edu/dc-scholars/