The Honorable Mayor Bowser recognizes that continuous education is vital in achieving career goals. The Executive Office of the Mayor has partnered with the Department of Employment Services, Office of Youth Programs (DOES) to pilot the Mayor’s Opportunity Scholarship. Through the Mayor’s Opportunity Scholarship, DOES seeks to support the post-secondary endeavors of participants in the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP).
The Mayor’s Opportunity Scholarship will provide a minimum of 25 scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each for young adults ages 18-24, who have successfully attained a high school diploma or equivalent and participated in 2017 MBSYEP and enrolled in post-secondary education or occupational skills training or the military.
The Mayor’s Opportunity Scholarship applications must be submitted online. To access the application, click here.
The Mayor’s Opportunity Scholarship Youth Scholars will be selected based on:
Evaluation Criteria for Applications
- Unmet Financial Need
- Description of Career Goals
- Experience/ Knowledge obtained during MBSYEP 2017 including participation and attendance
- Personal Essay
- Applicable Supporting Documentation
The Mayor’s Opportunity Scholarship Scholars agree that the scholarship will be paid directly to the education or training institution or directly to the awardee, and will be used specifically for the purpose of educational expenses, college financial assistance, training and equipment cost, or support of post-secondary activities in accordance with the scholarship participation agreement.
Frequently Asked Questions
Mayor's Opportunity Scholarship FAQ's.
For more information on the Mayor’s Opportunity Scholarship pilot program, please contact [email protected].