Financial Aid Division

The Washington Center

Updated December 31, 2009

General Information

The Washington Center Scholarship Program is a program that awards scholarships of up to $6,000 to Arkansas students who are accepted to The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars located in Washington, D.C. The Washington Center (TWC) is an independent nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. TWC serves Arkansas students and society as a whole by encouraging participants to be informed, public-spirited and civically engaged for life. The institution’s academic experience is made up of three components: the internship, academic coursework, and the leadership forum. Students are placed, according to their interests, in supervised internships in governmental, international, for-profit or nonprofit organizations.

The Washington Center will select the students that are eligible to participate in the internship program for each applicable academic period. Of those selected students, ADHE will determine the number of students to be awarded the scholarship based on the amount of funds available. In the event there are more eligible applicants than funds available, awards will be determined on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those not awarded will be given priority for participation in a subsequent term. The amount of the reward for each recipient will be up to $6,000 for one-time participation in The Washington Center internship program.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility of Arkansas applicants to The Washington Center Scholarship program is conditioned upon admission to The Washington Center. In order for one to be enrolled at TWC, the institution requires that all applicants:

  • be enrolled in an accredited college or university as a second semester sophomore or above;
  • maintain a grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale;
  • receive academic credit from the student’s college or university for participation in the internship program; and,
  • receive the endorsement of the student’s campus liaison or faculty sponsor.

Additionally, the State of Arkansas requires, per Act 1046 of 2007, that all Arkansas applicants meet the following:

  • be an Arkansas resident and US citizen or permanent resident alien;
  • be enrolled in an eligible Arkansas institution that will grant academic credit for participation in The Washington Center Internship Program located in Washington D.C.;
  • meet The Washington Center admission requirements; and,
  • be enrolled in a program of study, which leads to or is creditable towards a baccalaureate degree. (These programs include baccalaureate degree programs and associate degree programs.)

Application Deadline Date

Application deadlines for domestic undergraduate and postgraduate students often are set on a space-available basis. All applicants are encouraged to apply many months in advance of the desired commencing academic term to maximize possibility of availability; and all applicants are encouraged to check The Washington Center’s website for up-to-date application deadlines: www.twc.edu

For more information, contact the ADHE financial aid division at 800-54STUDY or 501-371-2050; and, contact The Washington Center at 800-486-8921 or 202-238-7900.