February 11, 2019
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Applications for WPC's annual Jennifer Dunn Scholarship now being accepted

The Washington Policy Center’s (WPC) annual Jennifer Dunn Scholarship is now taking applications. WPC will have up to $15,000 to award scholarships to female college students who embody former Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn’s values. The funds can be divided to award multiple scholarships. The award can be used to pay for tuition or to fund an internship on Capitol Hill. WPC is available to help place recipients with a member of Congress.

“We have a great alumni group of past scholarship recipients from over the last ten years and are always looking for the best possible candidates to join this distinguished group that we highlight at our Annual Dinner each year,” said WPC President Dann Mead Smith.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be female, Washington residents and enrolled as an undergrad or graduate student during the 2019-2020 academic year. They must at least be finishing their second year of education at an institution of higher learning. Applicants must also hold an above-average GPA with good oral and written communications skills. Membership with WPC is not a requirement to apply for the scholarship.

To apply, applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Resume;

  • College transcript (official preferred);

  • Two letters of recommendation;

  • One writing sample from a public policy or similar course; and,

  • One-page essay explaining how the applicant would benefit from receiving the scholarship and how it would allow her to honor the legacy of Jennifer Dunn Thomson.

Applications should be sent to WPC Operations Manager Braden Goodwin at bgoodwin@washingtonpolicy.org or via regular mail to: Braden Goodwin, Washington Policy Center, P.O. Box 3643, Seattle, WA 98124-3643.

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