The Cathedral Scholars Program offers access to and success in postsecondary education for exceptional students from D.C. public and charter high schools who are traditionally underrepresented on college campuses, particularly those who are first-generation college bound.

2021 Application Now Open

Prospective Cathedral Scholars may apply using the form below.

Applications are due by Friday, April 2, 2021


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During this challenging time of navigating closures and cancelations, Director Joseph Peralta and his team have been utilizing technology to press onward and ensure that the next class of Scholars will be able to hit the ground running once the Cathedral re-opens. We look forward to sharing the details of the highly-anticipated Induction Ceremony of new Scholars that will take place in the weeks to come.

Your gift today will strengthen the Program’s current activities and allow it to sustain connections with Scholar graduates as they move on to higher education.

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History & Impact


Envisioned by former Cathedral Dean Nathan D. Baxter and St. Albans School Headmaster Emeritus Jack McCune, the Cathedral Scholars Program (CSP) is a means for the Cathedral to use its resources—especially those of its schools—to serve the District of Columbia’s public school students.

The program was designed to provide academically talented students of high character and leadership potential with special academic work and cultural opportunities.

  1. Identify and recruit promising youths to increase their academic and
    cultural learning opportunities.
  2. Support our Scholars as they work towards on-time graduation from
    high school and postsecondary education.
  3. Develop our Scholars’ leadership, metacognitive and career skills to
    encourage them to realize their full potential to better serve themselves
    and their communities.

The first class of Cathedral Scholars was recruited in 1997 and graduated from high school in 2000.  Since then, approximately 15 students per year have completed three years of summer college preparatory work.

100 percent of Cathedral Scholars graduate high school and successfully matriculate into a postsecondary, four-year degree-granting institution.

Cathedral Scholar alumni continue to build successful careers and serve in leadership roles such as: director of regional advancement at American University, director of development at Streetwise Partners, and vice consul at the U.S. General Consulate in Guangzhou, China.

Schools in which graduating scholars have enrolled include:

Albright College • Arizona State University • Berklee College of Music • Bowie State University • Clark Atlanta University • Columbia University • Coppin State University • Delaware State University • George Mason University • George Washington University • Grinnell College • Howard University • Lafayete College • Morehouse College • Morgan State University • North Carolina A&T University • North Carolina Central University • Pennsylvania State University • Pepperdine University • Princeton University • Purdue University • Roanoke College • Temple University • The College of New Jersey • New York University • Virginia Commonwealth University • University of Maryland – Baltimore County • University of Maryland – College Park • University of North Carolina – Greensboro • University of Rochester • West Virginia State University

Learn More

For additional information on the Cathedral Scholars Program, contact:

Joseph Peralta, director
[email protected]
(202) 537-2159

“It wasn’t just about passing the test, but the whole learning experience.”

—Jimmy Murillo, CSP alum and Grinnell College graduate

Read more about Jimmy and the Cathedral Scholars Program, featured in the Summer 2016 issue of Cathedral Age.