The Future Innovators Scholarship

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 National Society of Black Engineers Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Professional Chapter Future Innovators Scholarship Award was established as a means of recognizing and rewarding students who have demonstrated academic excellence as well as outstanding service within their communities. This is a merit-based scholarship awarded to students planning to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). $1,000 scholarship awards will be presented to students who NSBE DC feels will demonstrate the greatest promise as future African-American technical professionals.

The candidates that have been selected to receive the NSBE DC Future Innovators Scholarship Award will receive an invitation to the NSBE DC Annual Scholarship Reception to receive formal recognition of their accomplishment. Recipients will have the option of inviting family and friends to this occasion. The NSBE DC scholarship is valid only for the recipient’s first year in college. It is not renewable for subsequent years.


Applicants must be African-American high school seniors residing in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area (limited to Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard, Calvert, Charles, Anne Arundel, and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland; Alexandria City, Arlington, Prince William, Loudoun, Fairfax, and Stafford counties in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC). At the time of application, scholarship applicants must have applied for admission to an accredited college or university for a degree program in engineering, computer science, mathematics, technology, or science.

Application Information

Application Process

The NSBE DC Future Innovators Scholarship Application is available here. It can also be obtained by contacting the NSBE DC Pre-College Initiative Chair at or the PCI Scholarship Committee at

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered for the scholarship. Should there be questions about completing the application, please contact

Application Deadline

The NSBE DC Future Innovators Scholarship Application is due Friday, April 17th, 2024. The application should be submitted electronically by emailing

  • Electronic submissions: Must be sent by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, April 17th, 2024 to be considered.
  • Supplemental Information: Supplemental information, which includes letters of recommendation and high school unofficial transcripts can be submitted electronically. Submissions must be sent by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, April 17th, 2024.

Scholarship Conditions

The NSBE DC Future Innovators Scholarship may 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 2024. Scholarship recipients must submit an official proof of registration from their college or university in order to receive the award monies.


For questions regarding the NSBE DC Future Innovators Scholarship Award, please contact or


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