Whitman Scholarship (DC)

The Dwight D. Eisenhower/Ann Cook Whitman Washington, D.C. Scholarship Program

Dwight D. Eisenhower believed that democracy and citizen leadership characterize a strong nation. Leadership in a strong democracy requires citizens who can trust their government, take personal responsibility, possess a strong value system and personal integrity, and are informed and participate in their democracy. Eisenhower's vision of democracy requires a strong and free economy guided by fiscal responsibility, a commitment to education, a strong national defense, bi-partisanship in government, global involvement, open and free access to information and a free press.

The Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to carrying Dwight Eisenhower’s legacy into the 21st century by fostering integrity and trust in federal government, promoting broader understanding of America's role and responsibilities in world affairs and fostering leadership development and public service in America and its youth.



The primary purpose of the Dwight D. Eisenhower/Ann Cook Whitman Washington, DC Scholarship Program is to assist graduating African-American seniors from the District of Columbia public education system, based on need and merit, in obtaining an undergraduate degree in furtherance of their education and leadership skills. This objective is consistent with The Eisenhower Institute's other scholarship and fellowship programs.


The Dwight D. Eisenhower/Ann Cook Whitman Washington, DC Scholarship is awarded to two senior students from any of four eligible high schools (Spingarn, H.D. Woodson, Ballou, and Eastern) who plan to pursue undergraduate education and who demonstrate that their course work and grades satisfy the requirements set forth below.

Students should have a 2.8 GPA or above, a requirement that can be waived for candidates with particularly strong needs or qualifications otherwise.

Screening, Applications, and Notification

The High Schools will advertise and make known to their student body at the beginning of the academic year that two $4,000 Dwight D. Eisenhower/Ann Cook Whitman Washington, DC Scholarships are available to be awarded in the spring of that academic year. Through its existing procedures for scholarships, including measurements of both merit and need, the high school will accept and screen applications and then forward at least three, but no more than six applications to the Institute for consideration and final selection by The Eisenhower Institute Grants Committee.

Applications should include:

  1. A resume with any work experience or civic/extracurricular activities.
  2. The applicant's academic transcript;
  3. A statement of career aspirations by the student (approximately 500 words), including how the student's proposed course work relates to his or her goals;
  4. Identification of college(s) or university(s) the student has applied to;
  5. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or the guidance counselor; and
  6. A letter of recommendation from a member of the Washington, DC community, other than a family member.

Interviews are not required. However, the Grants Committee has the discretion to hold interviews if it desires to do so.


Applications must be received by The Eisenhower Institute no later than April 4th, 2019. Notification to the Guidance Counselor and winners will occur in May.

Funding and Reporting Requirements

At a mutually agreed upon date between the Institute and the recipient’s undergraduate school (but no later than September 15th of each year), the scholarship funds will be forwarded to the recipient's educational institution.

Dependent on The Eisenhower Institute receiving a written satisfactory advisor report at the end of each academic year, Eisenhower/Whitman Scholars will receive the $4,000 stipend each year for four years. These reports should include the student's transcript, as well as a review of the accomplishments made during the academic year.

All application materials should be forwarded to the Eisenhower Institute at ei@gettysburg.edu.