Opportunities for Students

The Junior League of Washington (JLW) makes a difference in the community through financial and volunteer support of literacy-focused programs, contests, and scholarship opportunities.


The Junior League of Washington (JLW) annually awards the Meg Graham Scholarship celebrating service and leadership. This volunteer service award was established in 1982 in honor of the late Reverend Margaret M. Graham, a former member of the Junior League of Washington and former President of the Association of Junior Leagues International.

The scholarship is available to graduating seniors living in DC, attending a DC public, private, parochial, or charter school and matriculating to an accredited four-year college or university. The scholarship rewards a student who has demonstrated outstanding voluntarism with funds for college education expenses.

Applications for the 2022-2023 school year are now open and can be submitted here.


  • Thursday, March 3, 2022 I Application Deadline
  • Saturday, April 9 or Sunday, April 10, 2022 I In-person interview for selected finalists
  • April 20, 2022 I Scholarship winner notified by this date

For additional details or questions, please email scholarship@jlw.org.


2021 Poetry Contest Winners

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 22nd Annual Youth Poetry Contest for DC public and public charter school students. We were
impressed with the maturity of the poems entered into this year’s contest, and inspired by the students’ response to the theme, Celebrating Resiliency. 
Click here for the digital booklet showcasing this year’s winning poems.  

Questions about the contest can be directed to poetrycontest@jlw.org.