New Futures propels under-served 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.

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

Scholarships of up to $7,800 for tuition, transportation, technology, and other education-related expenses
Ongoing, personalized academic and career advising from a New Futures Staff Advisor
Workshops and experiences to build essential skills and prepare for college, career, and life
Access to career- specific shadow days, site visits, internships, and networking opportunities
Career advising and professional development after graduation for all Alumni


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
  • Complete a comprehensive online application and meet all eligibility criteria
  • Participate in an in-person interview with the New Futures Selection Committee
  • Attend Scholar Orientation, Signature Workshops, advising sessions, and other supportive programs
New Futures selects new Scholars twice annually with referrals through our Community Partners.

The application will be available:

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