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WCSC 40th Anniversary Endowed Scholarship

EMU WCSC Students Visit the CapitolSince 1976, the Washington Community Scholars’ Center- formally known as the Washington Study Service Year- has placed students in challenging, community-based internships all across the District of Columbia.

In recent years, as student demographics shift and change across the United States, as well as at our partner institutions, we have observed students who struggle to manage the room and board costs that come with a cross-cultural experience. Students who typically pay for their tuition with full-time work or minimal loans are forced to reconsider the WCSC when presented with the additional thousands required to cover the living costs of the program.

EMU WCSC students share a mealA scholarship fund of $100,000 will generate approximately $5,000 a year in urgently-needed financial aid to make the WCSC experience accessible to students who could otherwise not meet the cost of the program.

Why is the WCSC beneficial?

  • Internships expose students to professional networks and a diverse population of mentors.
  • The program allows participants to build stronger resumes, which helps them find work after graduation.
  • Students learn how to interact with and serve others who are ethnically, racially, and economically different than themselves.
  • EMU WCSC students spend time togetherCourses explore servant leadership in professional, relational, and academic contexts.

Who would most benefit from your gift?

  • Commuter students
  • First-generation college students
  • Students of color
  • Non-traditional students

How to Give

We invite you, alumni and supporters of WSSY and the WCSC, to give generously to the first-of-its-kind WCSC endowed scholarship fund. We are grateful that $32,000 has already been committed! Our goal is to raise $68,000 more in new gifts.

You can donate online for a one-time gift by credit card or to set up automated monthly giving.

Checks payable to EMU can be mailed to:
Development Office
Eastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg VA 22802

If you want to make a multi-year gift commitment, contact Tim Swartzendruber, Associate Director of Development, at 540-560-5720.