DIHEF Scholarship Program

The Dorothy I. Height Education Foundation® awards scholarships to minority male and female students attending 2 – 4 year schools with accredited academic curriculums offering degrees that will enable them to attain higher employment after graduation.

The students eligible for assistance should be graduating high school seniors who are U.S. Citizens and have been accepted to and intend to continue their education at a two through four-year College, Trade School or University. Eligibility will be determined by the student’s commitment to community service through volunteer efforts, academic achievement (GPA – 2.5 or better) and personal recommendations.

Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis and disbursed in August. Students must continue to attend classes and maintain, at minimum, a 2.25 grade-point average (or equivalent).

Scholarships will be awarded annually.


The application deadline is June 1st of each year.

All applications must be received before 5:00 pm (ET)  in the Dorothy I. Height Education Foundation®  Office at 633 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Third Floor, Washington, DC 20004 no later than the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be included when determining award recipient(s).

Consideration will be given to renewal of scholarship providing there is an expressed financial need and the student has maintained at minimum a 2.25 grade-point average over the course of the academic school year. Renewal awards may not be at the same level as the original award. Commitment to service is also important in the renewal process as awardees are encouraged to continue their participation in community service projects, volunteer programs and organizing youth groups to encourage others to rise to their highest potential.

Mentoring (Renewing Scholars Only):
DIHEF makes efforts to partner with other organizations, such as the NCNW and Meta, to offer mentoring services to our renewing scholars, connecting them with professionals in their field of study, past scholarship awardees or others that can provide valuable guidance. Learn about out current program or contact us for more information on future opportunities.

Emergency Funding:
DIHF Student emergency funding requests will be accepted on a rotating basis. Emergency scholarships are non-renewable scholarships and applicants cannot be receiving other DIHF Scholarships at the time of application. These scholarships shall not exceed $1,000 and will only be awarded to full time students.

Print Scholarship Application

Submit completed applications to:

Dorothy I. Height Education Foundation®
633 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Third Floor
Washington, DC 20004

Applications must be received before 5:00 pm (ET) on June 1st.

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