Welcome to the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly Scholarship Program

The SWNA Education and Scholarship Task Force thanks Southwest friends, organizations and businesses that helped us raise more than $33,000 in 2018 for scholarships for 19 Southwest high school graduates and returning college students.  Our partner,  Friends of Southwest DC, funded four $1,500 scholarships.  

Scholarships are open to residents that reside in Zip Code 20024 who wish to pursue, or are pursuing, any course of study at an accredited undergraduate college, 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.  Scholarship recipients are required to attend an awards program.

Scroll down to access applications for new and returning scholars.


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 2018 the program awarded $33,000 to 20 scholars



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. 


   2019 Award Recipients  

Samantha Anderson (Carlton College)

Alysha Berry (Washington Adventist University)

Monique Chambers (University of the Arts)

Danielle Crutchfield (University of Maryland Eastern Shore)

Nicole Diasi (Northeastern University)

Daytia Foote (Delaware State)

Roman P. Hamilton (University of Pittsburg)

Christopher Johnson (Virginia State University) 

Jada Miles (Dean College) FOS*

Omar Mahmound (Montgomery College)

Nicholas Moses (Colorado Technical College)

Phillip O'Sullivan (University of Chicago)

Samantha O’Sullivan (Harvard College) FOS*

Kendall Parks (Jackson State University)

Najma Pettiford (North Carolina Central University)

Dayonna Queen (University of Hartford)

Aaliyah Wilkinson (Johnson C. Smith University)

Donna Wilkinson (Georgia State University)

Edward (Ned) Yarsky (University of Pittsburg) 

FOS* Scholarship funded by Friends of Southwest


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. 


Mail Checks to"

SWNA Scholarship Program
PO Box 70131
Washington, DC 20024

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Contact Us

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