Mayor's Opportunity Scholarship


Program Description

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).

Award Amount

The Mayor's Opportunity Scholarship will provide 75 scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each for young adults ages 18-24, who have successfully attained a high school diploma or equivalent, participated in 2018 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 or go to

Important Dates

Application Deadline: The online application will be available beginning noon on July 3, 2018. The application deadline is noon on July 17, 2018.

Award Notification: Scholarship recipients will be notified by July 23, 2018 via email and phone using contact information provided on the application.

Awards Ceremony: The scholarship recipients will be recognized on July 27, 2018.

Disbursement of Funds: The scholarship funds will be paid directly to an accredited post-secondary institution in the recipients' name or directly to the recipient.

Eligibility Criteria

The Mayor's Opportunity Scholarship Youth Scholars will be selected based on:

A. Application content, career goals and interests

B. Enrollment in an accredited post-secondary education institution

C. For Occupational Skills Training Candidates, Workforce Investment Council-approved in-demand occupations is required. Please visit for approved in demand occupations.

D. Unmet financial need

E. Successful participation in 2018 MBSYEP as characterized by active participation and attendance at the career preparation activities. Please note that your Host Employer Supervisor will be contacted for verification of participation and performance.

F. Two Reference Letters are required.

G. Commitment to serve as MBSYEP ambassadors. DOES reserve the right to use recipients' picture or likeness for public recognition of program.

H. Individuals entering the Military or ROTC requiring financial assistance who fall within this criteria

Participation Agreement

The Mayor's Opportunity Scholarship Scholars agree that the scholarship will be paid directly to the education or training institution 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.

For more information on the Mayor's Opportunity Scholarship pilot program, please contact

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