Each year, 15 ninth graders from at least five different D.C. public and charter schools are inducted into the Cathedral Scholars Program through a competitive application process. The Scholars are primarily students of color with minimum of a 3.0 GPA, low to moderate family income and first generation college students. The cohorts of 15 students are recruited from 1/3 of D.C. public and charter schools on a three-year rotating basis. Our inclusive approach to recruitment ensures diversity amongst each scholar cohort. The goal of recruitment is to have students representing every D.C. public and charter high school every three years.


•  3.0 Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) minimum
•  Excellent record of school attendance
•  Excellent record of in-and-out of class behavior/character
•  Strong commitment to completing a consecutive three-year summer program of six weeks per summer

Application Components

•  Student Background and Parent/Guardian Information
•  Essay (500 word count)
•  Math and English Teacher recommendations
•  Counselor recommendation
•  Registration in the D.C.’s Marion Berry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP)
•  Official Academic Transcript

Recruitment & Application Timeline

November:  Attend an Information Session
January:  Submit completed paper application
February:  Participate in individual interview
March:  Final scholars selected

Learn More

For additional information on the Cathedral Scholars Program, contact:

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

Scholar Demographics