SWNA Scholarship Program


Application Open Until April 29, 2018

The SWNA Education and Scholarship Task Force thanks Southwest friends, organizations and businesses that helped us raise more than $24,000 in 2017 for scholarships for SW high school graduates and returning college students.  

In 2017,  21 scholarships were awarded.  Our partner,  Friends of Southwest DC, funded three $1,500 scholarships.  Scholars were recognized at an awards program where The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton was the guest speaker.

The Task Force provides on-going assistance to parents, guardians and students.  The Task Force partnered with the Youth Activities Task Force to sponsor a trip to the Roundhouse Theater to see August Wilson’s “How I Learned What I Learned.”  SWNA scholars and activities were featured in the Southwester throughout the year.

The Scholarship Progam will continue to offer scholarship opportunities in 2018. 

Scholarships are open to all residents in Zip Code 20024 who wish to pursue, or are pursuing, any course of study at an accredited undergraduate college or university or technical institution.  The scholarship committee reviews the applications and conducts verification checks.  Applicants are judged on a number of factors including acceptance to college or post-secondary institution, scholastic achievements, letters of recommendation, community involvement and a personal essay. 


Our Impact

In 1974, River Park Cooperative residents raised $1,650 to provide educational scholarships to youth in SW Washington, DC.  As a result of this effort, three students received scholarship awards. 

In 1975, The Scholarship Program initiative was incorportated as a SWNA task force to continue its goal.  The task force continues to work diligently to raise money to support the program.  Over the decades, the program has helped approximately 200 neighborhood youth.

We count on the generosity of friends and supporters like you to keep this noble initiative going. 

Thank you for your continued support!


Years service the SW Community

The Scholarship Fund was founded in 1974


Dollars raised 

The Scholarship Fund has awarded scholarships totalling more than $250,000.  In 2017 the program awarded



Number of SW Students impacted

More than 200 students have received awards from The Scholarship Program.  

Since inception, the program has awarded more than 400 scholarships totalling more than $250,000.  Thirty-three scholars received scholarships for 4 or more years; twenty-nine scholars received scholarships for 3 years; fifty-six received scholarships for 2 years. 


   2017 Award Recipients 

Samantha Anderson (Carlton College) *
Alysha Berry (Washington Adventist University)
Tantania Brown (University of Maryland) 
Dainelle Crutchfield (Allegheny College) *
Autumn Culbreath (North Carolina Central University)
Janine Foster (Trinity Washington University)
Roman P. Hamilton (University of Pittsburg)
Natehya Hardison (Clark Atlanta University)
Kiana Livingston (SUNY) *
Tiffany Livingston (Hampton University) *
Asha R. Marshall (Radford University) * 
Jada Miles (Dean College) *
Marlon Mitchell (Marymount University)
Akil Mondie (University of the District of Columbia)
Phillip O'Sullivan (University of Chicago) *
Najma Pettiford (North Carolina Central University) *
Zanaya Smith (Talladega College)
Moshawn Short (Livingston College)
Dayon Lewis-Thomas (Capon State University)
Breanna Walton (Eckerd College)
Caitlin Whitter (George Washington University) *

* Deans List 


Get Involved

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers help recruit students, manage social media campaigns, assist with mailings, and help plan and execute our annual scholarship awards event and more.....

Make a Donation

Your donations make a difference.  Our scholarships support Southwest youth who are pursuing higher education. 


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SWNA Scholarship Program
PO Box 70131
Washington, DC 20024

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