Leadership Scholars Program

Through its Leadership Scholarship Program, The Fund for American Studies is pleased to provide at least 40 full scholarships to aid students in participating in summer programs focusing the following subject areas:

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) seeks to develop future leaders within the fields of public policy, international affairs, business, journalism and the nonprofit sector. TFAS does this through programs that include an internship placement, academic coursework at George Mason University, a guest lectures series, site briefings as well as professional development and networking events. The $8,950 scholarship will cover full tuition and housing costs for the summer.

The goal of the scholarship program is to ensure all selected participants have a comprehensive experience in Washington, DC. To achieve this mission, in addition to normal program activities, this group of students will be required to complete the components outlined below.

Scholarship Program Requirements

  • Successful completion of 6 academic credits, including 1 economics course and 1 elective.
  • Live in program housing during the summer. The scholarship will cover housing in the Affinity Units within the District House dormitory on the campus of George Washington University.
  • Attend assigned luncheon meetings, lectures or cultural activities planned exclusively for Leadership Scholars.
  • Participate in the ‘Service Saturday’ community service project.
  • Attend at least one of the professional development seminars planned throughout the summer.

Additionally, a portion of the scholarship recipients will be invited to participate in a year-long continuing education program that will run from fall 2019 – summer 2020. Events will likely include in-person retreats in Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC, as well as several online webinars.

Scholarship Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • Completed at least one year of collegiate level education in the U.S. before the start of the program.
  • A GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Active involvement on their campus and/or community.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and civic engagement.
  • Interest in further exploring the study of economics and public policy.

There are scholarship awards specially designated for students who also meet the following criteria:

  • Georgia Students: For students attending institutions of higher education in the state of Georgia or those who claim Georgia as their permanent state of residence. Residency and school information should be included in submitted application materials. GA students will be required to participate in the year-long continuing education program.
  • North Carolina: For students attending institutions of higher education in the state of North Carolina or those who claim North Carolina as their permanent state of residence. Residency and school information should be included in submitted application materials
  • National Security: For students with a specific interest in the armed forces, the intelligence community, diplomacy and foreign affairs.

Application Deadline + Admissions Process

Applicants for the Leadership Scholars Program and accompanying full scholarships should submit their complete application by Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

Applicants should complete the online application available at In addition to following all of the normal application procedures, Leadership Scholars Program applicants will be asked to complete several additional short answer questions. Within the online application, please review the “Full Scholarships” tab to indicate your intent to apply for this program.

Those not selected for the full scholarships will automatically be considered for one of the partial scholarship awards available through our general scholarship fund.

Questions about the Leadership Scholars Program may be directed to Melissa Grannetino, Recruitment and Admissions Manager, at or 202.986.0384.