Scholarship Application


This scholarship is designed to broaden the voices and experiences of female staff on Capitol Hill. It strives to ensure more women from diverse backgrounds are able to bring their experience and knowledge to the legislative process. Because interning is so often a prerequisite to a full-time job having women enter the pipeline at the very beginning is key to their continued success. Understanding that the high cost of living and working in D.C. is often a barrier for people seeking internships on Capitol Hill, WCSF encourages women from middle and low income backgrounds to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

An applicant must already have applied for an internship with a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner of Congress, U.S. Senate or House Committee, formalized caucus or leadership office. A letter confirming the internship application must be submitted with the scholarship application.

Applicants must identify as a woman, be at least 18 years old and have a diploma from an accredited high school.

Selection Criteria

In evaluating applications, high priority will be placed on:

The applicant's financial need, including any extenuating financial expenses relating to the internship.

A strong connection between the internship and the student's overall academic and career goals.

Women who have applied for internships with a high level of responsibility.

The quality of the application, resume, references and essays.

Academic track record.


Application materials are due no later than noon ET on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (YES, we’ve extended the deadline!). Finalists will be notified to schedule an interview with members of the selection committee by the middle of the month (May 2019).

Terms and Conditions

The Women’s Congressional Staff Foundation Scholarship recipient must complete the entire internship described in the application materials. Failure to complete the internship, or failure to be truthful about financial need, will be considered a material breach of the program requirements, subjecting the student to forfeiture or repayment of the scholarship funds. Exceptions to the forfeiture/repayment requirement will be granted only in extreme and unusual circumstances as determined at the sole discretion of the Foundation board of directors. These funds are awarded for the internship described in your scholarship application and may not be transferred to any other internship.

Application Process

All components are due by noon ET Wednesday, May 1, 2019. There is no application fee.

Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.


The scholarship award winner will have a single room through Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH).