1 Application, 5 Funding Opportunities

The Washington Semester Program offers partial scholarship funding to qualified students to facilitate their participation in our programs.

Follow These Steps:

  1. Get admitted to the Washington Semester Program for the fall or spring semester.
  2. Fill out the single scholarship application to be considered for all five funding opportunities. Please note: The application is best accessed in the Firefox browser after clearing the browser history and cache.

Fall or Spring Students Enrolling in 12+ AU Credits

Students in this category must demonstrate a high level of academic achievement (3.5 GPA or higher), community engagement, extracurricular activities, honors, and potential contribution to their academic field of study while enrolled in the School of Professional & Extended Studies.

The Leadership Scholarships can be awarded in a variety of financial assistance including in the form of Tuition, Room & Board (including meal plan coverage) scholarships, and/or Work Awards. The dollar amount will vary based on funding and need. The Scholarship Committee expects students to have a 3.0 GPA or higher* and demonstrated leadership experience.

  • Education Award: Awarded to students that are the first in their immediate family to attend a college or university. Students applying for an Education Award should desire a future career within their program of study.
  • Advancement Award: Awarded to underrepresented populations. This award is provided to increase diversity and opportunities for students from these populations within the School of Professional & Extended Studies. Students attending specifically designated colleges such as historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Hispanic-serving institutions are encouraged to apply. Students applying for an Advancement Award should desire a future career within the program of study.

*Exceptions may be made for students below 3.0 GPA that have demonstrated need.

Students in this category will be deemed scholars within their program of study. Students must have an average to above average GPA (3.0 or higher*). They must demonstrate moderate to high financial need, and should have contributed in some way to their field of study. Students are eligible to receive one or more of the following scholarship awards:

  • Tuition Adjustment- based on member school agreements
  • Tuition Scholarships
  • Room & Board Grant

*Exceptions may be made for students below 3.0 GPA that have demonstrated need.

Awarded to students pursuing study in the areas of Science, Health, and Technology. This is specifically designed for students in the Washington Semester Public Health Program and the Graduate Gateway Biotechnology Program. Special consideration is given to applicants from underrepresented or underserved populations including women, though all students are encouraged to apply.

U.S. Fall or Spring Students Only

Work awards are a form of financial assistance, which provides students the opportunity to work part-time within the School of Professional & Extended Studies. Please note: a Work Award is not a Federal Work Study grant.

International Certificate Program Students

Students in the International Certificate Program are not eligible for scholarship funding from American University, but you are welcome to apply personally obtained scholarships to the program. Be sure to check with your scholarship sponsor to confirm how your funds may be applied.