The David M. Rubenstein Scholarship Program

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The David M. Rubenstein/Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Scholarship Program is one of the few large-scale scholarship initiatives dedicated exclusively to students graduating from D.C. public schools. Nearly 50 scholarships of $10,000 each were awarded in 2015. The awards are granted primarily for academic achievement.

Forms for Current Scholars:
College Information Sheet
Media Release

Education Program Details

The David M. Rubenstein/Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Scholarships are awarded primarily for academic achievement. Recipients are chosen by a school’s principal and nominating committee. Only students enrolled in participating Washington, D.C., public schools and public charter schools are eligible to apply.

The scholarship awards are presented every spring in a formal ceremony that each award winner and an adult chaperone are invited to attend. Scholarship winners will participate in the Scholars to Leaders Mentor Program beginning in the summer following high school and continuing through the college years until the student graduates. The program is designed as a group mentor model matching scholarship winners with Economic Club members to provide quality, consistent and meaningful support for student success.

Scholarship winners also will attend a series of Seminars which will take place in the summer following high school graduation. These Seminars are hosted by select Economic Club members, who invite the students into their place of business for a day of informative education.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for one of the $10,000 college scholarships awarded annually by the David M. Rubenstein/Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Scholarship Program, students must meet the following criteria.

  • You must attend a participating D.C. public school or public charter school. (See the list of participating schools below.)
  • You must be enrolled full time as a high school student, taking at least four credits or courses during your current and final year.
  • You must be a graduating senior who has applied to and been accepted by a degree-granting program in an accredited college or university.
  • You must be a citizen of the United States or a U.S. lawful permanent resident. Students who have applied for permanent residence, whose application has not been denied, and who intend to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law also are eligible to apply.
  • You must graduate from high school and plan to enroll full time in college no later than the fall following completion of high school.

Participating Schools                   

DC Public Schools DC Public Charter Schools
Anacostia HS Capital City PCS
Ballou HS Cesar Chavez PCS Capitol Hill
Benjamin Banneker Academic HS Cesar Chavez PCS Parkside
Cardozo HS E.L. Haynes
Columbia Heights Educational Campus          Friendship Collegiate PCS
Coolidge HS IDEA PCS
Duke Ellington School of the Arts KIPP DC
Dunbar HS National Collegiate
Eastern HS Richard Wright
H.D. Woodson HS Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS
Luke C. Moore Academy Washington Latin
McKinley Technology HS Washington Math, Science and Technology PCS
Phelps ACE HS  
Roosevelt HS  
School Without Walls HS  
Washington Metropolitan HS  
Woodrow Wilson HS