As much as HSCDC invests in commercial and residential properties, we consider our greatest investment to be in human capital—teens. It is through investing in young people today that community and humanity reaps down-the-line benefits of entrepreneurs, civic leaders and global change agents.


One of the means through which HSCDC funds youth empowerment is through the John A. Wilson Scholarship. This scholarship makes it possible for outstanding students to achieve a college education and compete in the high-tech global economy, John A.. Wilson scholarship recipients will receive a total of $10,000 paid over a 4-year period. Application submissions are due by March 3, 2017.

The Honorable John A. Wilson (1943-1993) 

The Honorable John A. Wilson (1943-1993)

The Honorable John A. Wilson

The Honorable John A. Wilson devoted his career to serving the public and championing education and opportunities for youth. Raised in poverty on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Mr. Wilson became a courageous leader of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the 1960s civil rights movement, then moved to Washington and began a distinguished political career.

Mr. Wilson led the successful 1974 campaign for adoption of the District’s Home Rule Charter, then served 18 years on the D.C. City Council. From 1991 until his death in 1993, he was the City Council Chairman. At his death, it was said of him: “Johnny was a soldier in the army of social justice.”

John A. Wilson Building. Washington, DC

John A. Wilson Building
Washington, DC

The John A. Wilson Building in Washington, DC created 1200 jobs and currently houses offices for social services government agencies.

Mr. Wilson was a founding member of the HSCDC. His leadership facilitated the 1984 birth of the organization that has since produced new affordable housing and commercial retail and office space throughout the area.

HSCDC established The John A. Wilson Scholarship Fund as a lasting memorial to the late civil rights leader. The first five scholarships of $10,000 each were awarded in June 2008. Since then, 35 additional scholarships have been awarded to outstanding students—totaling 40 scholarships awarded and over $400,000 in scholarship funds awarded to date. Students who are D.C. residents graduating from D.C. public and public charter schools are eligible to apply.

Scholarship Application



1. Minimum GPA of 2.75

2. Graduating Senior of a Washington, DC Public or Public Charter School
3. Pell Grant Eligible (must upload FAFSA when submitting)
4. Be involved in school and community activities.
5. Submit a LETTER of Recommendation from a School Administrator, Teacher or Coach (must upload when submitting)
6. SECOND Letter of Recommendation (must upload when submitting)
7. Official high school TRANSCRIPT (must upload when submitting)
8. Accepted by and enrolled full-time in an accredited four-year college or university for the Fall Semester of the current school year. Official confirmation of your enrollment will be necessary before funds are paid to the institution.
9. Submit a 500-700 word ESSAY on either of the following topics (must upload when submitting):

“How I can change the ‘quality of life’ within my neighborhood by obtaining a college education and pursuing a career in Public Service (government), Economic Development (business/housing), or Community Empowerment (organizing/advocacy).”


“Neighborhood Revitalization (community and real estate development).”

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John A. Wilson scholarship recipients will receive a total of $10,000 paid over a 4-year period.
Application submissions are due by March 3, 2017.


NOTE: Preference will be given to students residing in Wards 5, 6, and 7.
For more information, contact Mr. Eric Jones.

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The John A. Wilson Scholarship is made possible by donations from corporate and individual sponsors. Donations are tax deductible and 100% of donations are awarded to student recipients. Your donation changes the lives of District students to become local and global leaders. Won’t you considering sponsoring an award this year?

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HSCDC also invests in youth cultural competency through the Global Scholars Foundation (GSF). Established in 2006, the GSF offers teens from DC public and public charter high schools the opportunity to develop global competency skills by learning the language and culture of a foreign country. In addition to developing global skills, students learn basic financial literacy, particularly in areas of saving, banking, budgeting and investing and college preparation through research of college requirements, student qualifications, application process, financial aid, and visits to local colleges. The culmination of the 18-month long cohort, students experience an educational tour to the foreign country studied where they use the language and culture skills learned in the program.  Forever transformed. The District becomes the place our Scholars explore being local leaders with an eye for global impact.

GSF Scholars in South Africa

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To APPLY for the next cohort, download the application HERE.

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