Our Program

New Futures propels underserved young people through certifications and community college degrees and into rewarding careers across the Washington, DC region. We invest with a deliberate combination of scholarships, academic advising, career coaching, and a lot of heart to help our Scholars launch in-demand careers that will lead to financial security.

Scholar benefits

New Futures breaks down barriers that lead to consistent, generational inequity. In service of our mission, New Futures Scholars benefit from:

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Scholarships

Scholarships of up to $7,800 for tuition, transportation, technology, and other education-related expenses.

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Advising

Ongoing, personalized academic and career advising from a New Futures Staff Advisor.

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Hands-On Skills

Workshops and experiences to build essential skills and prepare for college, career, and life.

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Networking

Access to career-specific shadow days, site visits, internships, and networking opportunities.

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Alumni Support

Career advising and professional development after graduation for all Alumni.

Become a Scholar

Am I Eligible?

Each New Futures Scholar has a passion for a career and the drive to get there. Additionally, candidates must:

  • Be nominated by a New Futures Community Partner school or organization
  • Plan to pursue an associate degree or professional certification
  • Have a household income of 80% of area median income or less
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 29
  • Live in the Washington, DC metropolitan region
  • Aspire to a career in IT/Cybersecurity, Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Health Sciences, Construction and Infrastructure, Public Service, or Education

Click here for a complete list of eligibility requirements.

how to apply

New Futures relies on nominations from our Community Partners network and a comprehensive, biannual selection process to welcome new scholars to our family each year. Eligible candidates must:

  • Be nominated by a New Futures Community Partner
  • Plan to pursue an associate degree or professional certification
  • Have a household income of 80% of area median income or less
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 29
  • Live in the Washington, DC metropolitan region
  • Attend Scholar Orientation, Signature Workshops, advising sessions, and other supportive programs

timeline

New Futures selects new Scholars twice annually with referrals through our Community Partners.

The application will be available:

  • Fall 2021 (Dates TBD)
  • Spring 2022 (dates TBD)