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.

Meg Graham Scholarship…Celebrating Service and Leadership

JLW awards annually 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.

To apply for the scholarship, please download the application here.

Please note SAT/ACT scores are not required and have been removed from the application.


  • March 5, 2021 I Application Deadline
  • April 10 or 11, 2021 I In-person interview for selected finalists
  • April 13, 2021 I Scholarship winner notified by this date

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

Poetry Contest for Students

Since 2000, JLW has hosted a poetry contest for DC students to encourage and support literacy. The contest is open to DC public and public charter school students in grades 4 through 8. Click here for a flyer with the full contest details. Please direct additional questions to poetrycontest@jlw.org.

All winning entries will be published in a JLW booklet, and all winning poets will be invited to read their poems at a JLW event in the Spring (most likely a virtual event). Click here for the winning poems from the 2020 Poetry Contest.


  • March 15, 2021 6 p.m. EST Application Deadline
  • April 13, 2021 Poetry winners notified through their schools