Can international students apply? You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.
How do I know if I live in the district of an African-American member of congress who is a member of the CBC? Visit http://www.house.gov and type in your zip code to determine your U.S. Representative.
Can I apply for the CBC Spouses Education Scholarship even if my district is not represented by an African-American member of Congress? Yes. Your application will be assigned to the reviewer group closest to your permanent or school address.
Can I apply to multiple scholarships? Yes! Applicants can apply to as many of our scholarships as they would like—as long as they meet the eligibility requirements of each (such as GPA). As an example, an undergraduate health student with a GPA of 3.0 is eligible to apply for our CBC Spouses Education Scholarship (which is a general scholarship for students of all majors), the CBCF Louis Stokes Health Scholars Program, and the CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship.
It says high school seniors must provide proof of enrollment. What type of document should I submit? An acceptance letter would be an example of proof of enrollment. Please mail a copy to the same address to which you mail your transcripts (see question #12). Faxed and e-mailed copies are not acceptable.
Can I apply for a scholarship if I attend a community college? Yes, you can apply if you are pursuing an associate’s degree as a full-time student.
Are there scholarships for students pursuing an undergraduate degree? Yes. The following scholarships are open to students preparing to or currently pursuing an undergraduate degree: The CBC Spouses Education Scholarship, the CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship, the CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship, the CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship, the CBCF Louis Stokes Health Scholars Program.
Are there scholarships for students pursuing a graduate/doctoral degree? Yes. The scholarships are the CBC Spouses Education Scholarship and the CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship.
When should I submit my application and recommendation? Applications and recommendations must be submitted before the deadline. Application and materials should be received before close of business on the deadline date. Recommendations are to be submitted through the online application per instructions provided.
Special Note: For those applying to the CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship, the application must be postmarked by the deadline provided. The application is on paper and is NOT online. You will find the application here.
When will the applications be posted online? Links to the online applications will be posted before the deadline, typically at the end of January. However, the exact date varies. Please continue to check the Web site for updated information and links.
Where do I send my application? Our application is online only—you will find the link on our Web site. Submit all items online and mail (1) copy of your official transcript and, if you are a high school senior, one (1) copy of proof of enrollment to:
[Name of Scholarship] Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. 1720 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20036
Faxed or e-mailed copies are not acceptable.
Special Note: For those applying for the CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship, there is no digital application. The application is on paper. For information on mailing transcripts and applying for this scholarship click here.
Applicants applying to the CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship AND another CBCF scholarship must send two copies of their transcripts—one to CBCF directly and one to Scholarship Management Services for the CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship (as directed on its application).
When and how will I be notified? You will be notified via e-mail upon completion of our selection process. If you apply to multiple scholarships, you will only be notified after the final selection committee for the scholarship with the latest deadline.
Who will receive the award check? All scholarship checks are made payable to your academic institution. CBC Spouses Education and Performing Arts and Visual Arts Scholarship checks are delivered to your academic institution. Louis Stokes Health Scholars checks are sent directly to the student.
When are the checks disbursed? Single disbursement awards are typically sent out to your institutions between August and November. For awards that require two disbursements, the first check is sent between August and November and the second check is sent in January once the midterm requirements are completed.
What is the financial award of each scholarship? o Spouses Education: Varies based on the number of applications received o General Mills Health: $2,500 o Performing Arts: $3,000 per student for up to 10 students o Visual Arts: $3,000 per student for up to 10 students o Louis Stokes: $5,000-$8,000 per student for up to 10 students o Case Western: Full tuition and $2,500 stipend for 2 students. (Please note this scholarship is only for students attending Case Western Reserve University and it is applied for through the university.)
Do the scholarship awards cover one academic year or only one semester? Our Louis Stokes Health Scholars Program covers one academic year. These funds are divided in half—one half is disbursed for the fall semester and the final half is disbursed for the spring semester. This scholarship has a GPA requirement and requires you to be enrolled full-time during the semester of disbursement. We receive reports regarding this information before we disburse your funds. The remaining scholarships only have one disbursement for the entire year.
How do I renew my scholarship? They are not automatically renewable; you MUST re-apply and complete all of the application requirements.
Are there any course credit requirements for these scholarships? You must be enrolled as a full-time student during the semester for which the scholarship award is disbursed. Being enrolled as a part-time student will automatically forfeit your scholarship for that designated semester, and your institution will need to return to CBCF any funds already distributed for that semester.
Can international students apply? Yes. Accepted program participants must already have permit to work in the U.S.
Can I apply to participate in a CBC internship program if I attend a community college? Yes, you can apply if you are pursuing an associate’s degree as a full-time student.
Can I apply if I have already received/will receive my undergraduate degree before the program start date? Yes. You must have graduated no more than one year prior to the program start date.
Are graduate students eligible to apply? No. Once you begin pursuing a post-graduate degree (e.g. JD, Master’s, Ph.D), you are no longer eligible to participate in our internship programs.
Am I eligible if I am not in a CBC member district? Yes, we encourage students and young professionals from across the nation to apply for this unique opportunity.
Where do the interns stay? The CBCF locates, secures, and assigns housing. It is preferred, but not required, that all CBCF interns live in the housing provided.
How much is the stipend? Each CBCF intern will receive a total stipend of at least $3,000 to cover their personal expenses (e.g. travel, daily transportation, meals, and personal items).
What are the responsibilities and expectations of the CBCF interns? Interns work 30 hours a week, attend professional development seminars, and participate in educational lectures. In the spring semesters, CBCF interns will be enrolled in three courses (9 credits) at GWU in the Semester in Washington Program. The GWU courses are mandatory. For more information about the GWU courses, please visit www.gwu.edu/apply/nondegree/semesterinwashington/appliedpolitics.
What kind of office work experience will the intern expect? The office placement is a critical element of the CBCF Internship Program. Each interns’ office placement is unique; therefore, interns will have different experiences. Interns may draft talking points a Member will use on the House of Senate floor, monitor committee hearings, field constituent calls, and/or respond to constituent mail. As a part of any office team, interns are expected to participate in the administrative tasks as needed.
How many letters of recommendations are required? Applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendations. It is recommended that at least one letter of recommendation be written by a dean, department chair, academic professor, or advisor.
How many copies of my transcript are required? Applicants must provide one (1) copy of their official transcript.
Where do I send my application? Our application is available online—you will find the link on our Web site. Submit your application and recommendations online and mail your official transcript to:
[Name of Internship Program] Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. 1720 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20036
When will applicants be notified of their status? Applicants are typically notified of their status between 6 and 8 weeks after the application deadline. Notifications will be sent via e-mail once decisions have been made.
Are international applicants eligible? You must either be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have a permit to work in the U.S.
Do I have to be finished with my postgraduate degree before entering the program? Yes, all accepted candidates must have completed a graduate or processional degree program (a health policy-related field for those applying to the Louis Stokes program) before the start date of the fellowship program. It is encouraged that if selected, applicants complete all professional qualifying exams (e.g. bar exams, medical boards, dissertation defenses, and comprehensive exams) before the fellowship begins or defer until the end of the fellowship.
Am I eligible if I am not in a CBC member district? Yes. We encourage students from all across the nation to apply for this unique opportunity.
How long are the fellowship programs? The CBCF Fellowship Programs are 2 year commitments. The upcoming session will run from August 30, 2012—May 9, 2014.
Do the fellowship programs offer compensation? Yes, fellows receive an annual salary of $40,000 and fringe benefits.
What are the work requirements for the program? Fellows typically work 40 hours per week. Fellows also have educational enrichment opportunities through seminars, roundtable discussions, and networking events. Additionally, fellows will participate in a community service project.
How does CBCF manage relocation and housing for fellows? Fellows are responsible for their travel, relocation, and housing costs. All fellows are required to relocate to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area during the fellowship program.
When are the deadlines? The deadlines vary slightly for each selection process—they typically fall around mid-March.
What documents do I need for the application? Applicants are required to complete the online application for the desired fellowship program, provide three (3) letters of recommendation, and send one (1) copy of your official transcripts (both undergraduate and postgraduate).
Where do I send my application? Our application is available online—you will find the link on our website. Submit your application online and mail your recommendations and transcripts to:
Leadership Institute for Public Service c/o Fellowship Coordinator Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. 1720 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20036
We sometimes receive your mailed documents before we receive your online application. Please send your transcripts to the attention of the name of the program to which you are applying.
When will I be notified of my application status? Applicants are typically notified of their status between 4 and 6 weeks after the application deadline.