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HISTORY

Since its founding by six visionary leaders in 1975, the National Society of Black Engineers, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has grown to more than 32,000 members globally, blossoming into a leading force in the lives of technical professionals and students on college campuses worldwide. The mission of the National Society of Black Engineers is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. In 1989, a NSBE alumni chapter in the Washington, DC metropolitan area was established and officially chartered in 1990 with 20 members. The National Society of Black Engineers Washington DC Metropolitan Area Professional Chapter (NSBE DC) has been active in the region for over 25 years with a strong indelible legacy of excellence and dedication to our members as well as the local community.

SCHOLARSHIP OBJECTIVE

The NSBE DC Professionals would like to recognize outstanding collegiate members who have made special contributions to the community, STEM pipeline development, and technological innovation. The inaugural College Initiative Scholarship Program offers two scholarships for NSBE collegiate members: The Katherine Johnson Trailblazer Scholarship and James West Innovator Scholarship. Each scholarship recipient will receive $2000 whichmay be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board, and other college-related expenses. Funds will be disbursed in the fall of 2021.

 All applicants must be active NSBE Collegiate members or NSBE Collegiate Associate members with a membership ID number, currently enrolled in an undergraduate academic program at a higher educational institution in the greater Washington, DC area.

Applicants must include copies of their collegiate student resume, official transcript, and two (2) signed letters of recommendation from a professor or professional mentor that can speak to your leadership skills and a NSBE advisor, regional or chapter leader who can speak to your NSBE activity. The NSBE DC scholarship is valid only for undergraduate collegiate recipient’s second year through senior year in college; this award is not renewable for subsequent years.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be African-American college students completing their freshman, sophomore, or junior year in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area at one of the following institutions:

● Bowie State University

● George Mason University

● George Washington University

● Georgetown University

● Howard University

● Prince George’s Community College

● Montgomery College

● Northern Virginia Community College

● United States Naval Academy

● University of the District of Columbia

● University of Maryland

At the time of application, scholarship applicants must have completed at least one semester of college.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The NSBE DC Katherine Johnson Trailblazer Scholarship and James West Innovator Scholarship Application is available at the top of this page or here. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered for the scholarship. Should there be questions about completing the application, please contact collegeinitiative@nsbedc.org

APPLICATION DEADLINE

The NSBE DC Katherine Johnson Trailblazer Scholarship and James West Innovator Scholarship Application are due Friday, March 31, 2021. Electronic submissions: Must be sent by 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, March 31, 2021 to be considered. Supplemental information, which includes your letters of recommendation from a professor, professional mentor, NSBE advisor, regional or chapter leader, along with transcripts can be submitted electronically or mailed. For electronic submissions, the supplemental information should be saved in one of the following formats (pdf, docx, or jpg; however, pdf is preferred) and emailed to collegeinitiative@nsbedc.org. Please include the student’s last name and item (e.g., letter of recommendation or transcript) in the subject. Submissions must be sent by 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on March 31, 2021. Otherwise, supplemental information can be mailed to NSBE DC at the address below.  Letters and transcripts must be postmarked before or on March 31, 2021.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION CRITERIA

General Information

  • Name
  • School
  • Major
  • NSBE Membership or Affiliate Membership ID Number
  • Essay
    • Each essay must be 500 words or less
  • Resume
    • Showcase professional work, extracurricular activity involvement, community involvement, awards, and certifications
  • Official Transcript
  • NSBE video    
    • The video must showcase your best NSBE leadership elevator pitch in 60 seconds or less
    • Video links should be submitted via Google Drive, Vimeo or any social media platform that is publicly accessible
  • Letters of recommendation
    • One (1) letter from a professor or professional mentor that can speak of your leadership skills
    • One (1) letter from a NSBE advisor, regional or chapter leader that can speak to your NSBE involvement

QUESTIONS

For questions regarding the NSBE DC Katherine Johnson Trailblazer Scholarship and James West Innovator Scholarship, please contact collegeinitiative@nsbedc.org.