2019-2020 Office of the Mayor Academic Scholarship

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Apply for the Office of the Mayor Academic Scholarship.

The Office of the Mayor is seeking applicants for the Mayor’s 2019-2020 Scholarship Program. The scholarship program is designed to assist graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated an ability to succeed and meet the following criteria:

I. Eligibility Requirements

To be considered:

  • The student must reside in the City of Wilmington;
  • The student must have an unweighted cumulative 2.5 or greater GPA;
  • The student must have a demonstrated commitment to community engagement, volunteerism, and extracurricular
    involvement;
  • The student must possess leadership qualities; and
  • The student must be accepted in an accredited college or university, either full-time or part-time, for the 2019-2020 school year.

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II. Application Procedure

Download the 2019-2020 Scholarship Application.

All components of the scholarship application packet must be submitted together; otherwise, it will be regarded as an incomplete application and will not be considered. The components include:

  1. Completed scholarship application;
  2. Proof of City of Wilmington residency (copy of driver’s license or state-issued identification);
  3. Sealed high school transcript (including overall unweighted GPA);
  4. Completed essay;
  5. Completed FAFSA form;
  6. Copy of college or university acceptance letter; and
  7. Three (3) letters of reference on business letterhead (if applicable) and written by individuals who are not relatives. References should be closely involved with your education or employment. Letters should be sealed in an envelope, addressed to the Office of the Mayor, and should not be opened by the applicant. All reference letters are to remain confidential.

Return your completed application packet to:

Office of the Mayor
800 North French Street, 9th Floor
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Attn: Ashley S. Christopher, Esquire

III. Selection Procedure

Your completed application packet must be received by the Office of the Mayor on or before May 3, 2019. Applications will not be accepted after the established deadline. The City of Wilmington will review all applications and may choose to interview the finalists.

Incomplete applications – those who do not meet minimum qualifications or those who do not follow the formatting guidelines – will not be considered. The decision of the selection committee is final and not subject to appeal. Scholarship winners will be notified by phone, email, or mail after the selection committee has made its decisions. Scholarship winners give the City of Wilmington the right to publish their essay, in whole or in part, on the City website and in press-related materials.

IV. Awards

Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2,000.


Scholarship awards must be used for higher education expenses such as tuition, fees, books, supplies, room and board, and special needs services for special needs students. Each award disbursement will be paid directly to the educational institution that the student has been accepted in order to ensure proper use of funds. In the event that a student who is awarded a City scholarship also receives a full scholarship from another source, the City scholarship funds must be returned to the City. The application and all required documents must be received by the Office of the Mayor by May 3, 2019. Applications will not be accepted after the established deadline. Any incomplete applications will not be considered.