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 Kishaé Belt as the winner of the 2022-23 Meg Graham Scholarship: Celebrating Service and Leadership. Ms. Belt impressed our interview committee with her commitment to volunteering, scholastic excellence, and being an asset to the community.

The Scholarship Committee is also honored to present this year’s Book Awards to Emilie Kpadea and Alexander Liesegang. Both Ms. Kpadea and Mr. Liesegang are outstanding young people that are committed to community service and social justice.  

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 2023-24 academic year can be found here.


  • Thursday, March 1, 2024 I Application Deadline
  • Saturday, April 13 or Sunday, April 14, 2024 I In person interviews for selected finalists
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2024 I Scholarship winner notified by this date

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

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

2023 Youth Poetry Contest

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Junior League of Washington’s 24th Annual Youth Poetry Contest for students of DC public school, DC public charter schools, and schools of the Archdiocese of Washington. We were impressed with the creativity and range of emotions displayed in the poems entered into this year’s contest, which were inspired by the students’ responses to the themes of “home” and “community.”

The schools represented by this year’s winners are:

Barnard Elementary School         

Ben Murch Elementary School

Capital City Public Charter School

Charles Hart Middle School

Eliot-Hine Middle School           

Hearst Elementary School

Kramer Middle School               

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School

Click here for the digital booklet showcasing this year’s winning poems. Congratulations to all who participated, we hope you join us again next year! 

Are you a teacher, librarian, student, or parent with feedback on the contest? Do you have questions about how to participate in next year’s contest? Get in touch with the Literacy Event Planning Committee by emailing poetrycontest@jlw.org.