How to Apply

New Futures specifically works with young adults who are pursuing shorter-term post-secondary educational credentials, providing scholarships, academic/career advising, skill-building workshops, career education programming, and more. NewFutures awards scholarships of up to $7,800.00 to finance Scholars pursuing the following degrees and/or credentials:

  • Associate degree;
  • Professional certification.

New Futures works with 15 Community Partners who help their young adults apply for the New Futures Scholars Program. Read more about the New Futures Scholars Program.  Please note that all applications MUST be submitted through one of our Community Partners. New Futures will NOT accept applications directly from applicants, or from individuals who are not affiliated with a Community Partner.

New Futures Scholars Program Eligibility Criteria

The following eligibility checklist can be a guide for interested applicants in assessing their eligibility for the Scholars Program.

New Futures Scholars Program Application

Interested and eligible applicants can apply to the Scholars Program by completing the following application and submitting all the proper documentation through their Community Partner.

New Futures Second-Time Scholars Program Application

New Futures alumni – those who’ve successfully completed their programs and have earned an associate degree or professional certificate in their chosen field – may apply for a second scholarship with New Futures. For those eligible alumni, New Futures will finance the following degrees and/or credentials:

  • Associate degree;
  • Bachelor degree;
  • Professional certification.

Interested Second-Time Scholars should contact Ellie Geraghty (Alumni & Career Program Manager) at ellie@newfuturesdc.org.

Application Timeline

Spring Application Process

  • April:          Deadline for Community Partners to submit applications to New Futures (Applicants: please communicate with your community partner to confirm their internal deadlines)
  • April:             Selection Committee reviews applications and selects finalists for interviews
  • May:              Interviews
  • June:             New Futures notifies all Community Partners about the selection status of their applicants
  • Late June:     Scholar Award Dinner

Fall Application Process

  • October:          Deadline for Community Partners to submit applications to New Futures  (Applicants: please communicate with your community partner to confirm their internal deadlines)
  • October:             Selection Committee reviews applications and selects finalists for interviews
  • November:         Interviews
  • December:         New Futures notifies all Community Partners about the selection status of their applicants
  • Late January:     Scholar Award Dinner