Opportunities for Students

The Junior League of Washington (JLW) is committed to supporting pathways to opportunities through improved access to education, professional and financial development, and capacity building resources in our community. Our annual Meg Graham Scholarship is an important piece of fulfilling our mission.  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 $10,000 scholarship is awarded in her memory.


The Junior League of Washington is pleased to announce Godspower Onyeukwu as the winner of the 2021-22 Meg Graham Scholarship: Celebrating Service and Leadership. Mr. Onyeukwu impressed our interview committee with his commitment to lifting up youth in the Ward 7 community.

The Scholarship Committee is also honored to present this year’s Book Award to Folajimi Adejuno, a senior at E.L. Haynes High School. Ms. Adejuno is a brilliant young woman who is passionate about speaking up for others, and has made a mark arguing for restorative justice and reducing the school to prison pipeline.  

We hope you join us in congratulating our finalists and recipients. The field of applications was impressive, and we are honored to have met these students through this process. The Junior League of Washington is dedicated to developing exceptionally qualified civic leaders who are passionate about disrupting cycles of poverty and creating pathways to opportunity for those in our Washington, DC community. We hope to see many of these applicants join our growing community of over 2,300 trained volunteers when they complete their college careers. 

Applications for the 2022-23 academic year will open in September, 2022. 


  • Thursday, March 2, 2023 I Application Deadline
  • Saturday, April 15 or Sunday, April 16, 2023 I In person interviews for selected finalists
  • April 26, 2023 I Scholarship winner notified by this date

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


2022 Youth Poetry Contest

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2022 Youth Poetry Contest. We continue to be impressed with the maturity and creativity of the students participating in this year’s contest. Our winners come from the below DC schools:

  • Charles Hart Middle School (6 winners)
  • Capital City Public Charter School (3 winners)
  • Oyster Adams Bilingual School (1 winner)

Prizes will be awarded to each winner thanks to support from our sponsor, Mahogany Books.

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