Scholarships and Contests

Scholarships and Contests

Each year, the McLean Community Center recognizes the work and talent of young performing and visual artists through the Macdonald Arts Scholarship Competition.

Prizes are awarded to three finalists in each of four categories: Music, Theatre, Dance and Visual Arts. Only high school students who reside or attend school in the McLean tax district (District One of Dranesville) are eligible to apply.

Application forms are available at the Center’s reception desk. A nonrefundable $15 fee is required for each application submitted. Students may enter more than one category. Completed application must be received by 11 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28.

McDonald’s Family Restaurants of Greater Washington, D.C., willhonor high school seniors throughout the Greater Washington, D.C., area who have demonstrated leadership, character, exceptional scholastic skills and volunteerism through the McDonald’s Educates Scholarship Program.

At least 45 student honorees will each receive a $1,500 scholarship and will be recognized at an event in May. Recipients are chosen based on an application and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or community service leader. Students also submit two short essays detailing lessons they have learned through community service and the importance of education in relation to cultural diversity.

Call 703-741-7525 or visit for an application and additional details. The application deadline is Thursday, March 1.

Armed Services YMCA is calling for entries for its essay contest, sponsored by Lockheed Martin. The essay contest asks children in grades 1-12 to submit essays about “Why My Military Mom/Dad Is My Hero.” Children of active duty and retired service members from all branches of the military, as well as National Guard and Reserve, are eligible. Essays must be submitted by March 16. Essay contest winners will receive $500 or $1,000 depending on grade level. Savings bonds will also be awarded to second place and honorable mention. Visit for complete rules and entry forms. Call 703-313-9600, ext. 10 or e-mail

The Oakton High School PTSA J. Antonelli Briceno Scholarship in memory of Sandra Lee Eisenach was established in 2005 to offer financial assistance to Oakton High School seniors wishing to further their education after high school. Full details of the scholarship, together with scholarship downloadable application are available at Only Oakton High students with a GPA of 3.0. The deadline for applications is March 29 by 4 p.m. A committee from the Oakton PTSA will select the scholarship recipient and forward the name to The Dayton Foundation ( for approval by the Governing Board of the Foundation.

The Great Falls Lions Club is seeking nominations for its annual Vernon Leigh - Bill Poole Scholarship Award. The recipient of the award will receive a scholarship of $3,000 payable to the college or other post-high school educational institution of his or her choice. To be eligible, a nominee must live in the 22066 zip code and be a high school junior in good standing. The Lions Club is seeking nominees who have performed significant and previously unheralded service to the community in general, to specific groups, or to individuals in need. The deadline for applications is Saturday, March 31. For information contact Scholarship Chairman Scott F. March at 703-759-0386 or e-mail at

A $1000 college scholarship will be awarded by the Vienna Woman’s Club to a graduating high school student with a Vienna zip code continuing his or her education at a 2- or 4-year college this fall. Deadline for applications is Friday, April 13. The scholarship program was established in 1962 and is funded by the annual holiday bazaar. For information and an application call 703-938-7716 or e-mail

The Women’s Association of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Great Falls is accepting applications for three Alexander De Filippis Scholarships of $3,000 each. Students must reside in Great Falls, Vienna, Reston, Herndon, McLean, Sterling and Potomac or whose family are registered parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena. Applications and complete details are available at or from the guidance office of high schools. The deadline is Tuesday, May 15.