The Brittain Scholarship was established by CityBridge Education President Katherine Brittain Bradley to honor the legacy of her great-grandfather, Dr. Marion Luther Brittain, an educator who later became president of Georgia Institute of Technology. The Brittain Scholarship echoes Emory University’s annual Brittain Award, which was established in 1948 by Dr. Brittain and is considered the university’s highest honor.

Awarded in alternating years to one graduating D.C. public school student, the Brittain Scholarship is a full, four-year scholarship to attend Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to covering the full cost of attendance at one of Emory’s two undergraduate campuses—Emory College or Oxford College—the award incudes a personal computer, a highly customized, annual (paid) summer internship, ongoing mentoring, and connections to D.C. philanthropic, business, and city leaders.

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Eligibility Criteria

The next scholarship will be awarded to a 2017 graduating DCPS or D.C. public charter high school senior who meets all of the following criteria:

  • Admitted as a full-time student to one of Emory’s campuses
  • A resident of Washington, D.C.
  • Family’s annual assessed income is $50,000 or less
  • Satisfies eligibility standards for institutional need-based financial aid

Scholarship Package

  • Four-year scholarship covering full cost of undergraduate attendance: Through a combination of funding and financial aid from CityBridge Education, Emory University, and the Federal Pell Grant—all of which are managed through Emory University—the Brittain Scholarship provides full aid and covers:
    • Tuition
    • Room and board
    • Books
    • Personal expenses
    • School travel expenses
  • Personal computer: In the summer preceding freshman year, the Scholar will select and receive a personal laptop.
  • Paid summer internship at CityBridge (optional): During each summer preceding a semester at Emory, Brittain Scholars have the option of a full-time, paid internship at CityBridge Education. Scholars earn a minimum $4,000 stipend. CityBridge provides structured supports, including professional development workshops; networking meetings with business and city leaders; and, if needed, supplemental, contracted, academic tutoring. Alternatively, CityBridge helps connect Scholars to other summer internships within their fields of interest.
  • Ongoing mentoring and networking: During the first summer as a Brittain Scholar, the Scholar is matched with a CityBridge staff member who serves as a mentor across the next four years. Through these ongoing one-on-one mentoring relationships, CityBridge offers informal and formal support that complements resources available on campus. CityBridge also helps Brittain Scholars network with leaders in D.C. and in their fields of interest.

To Apply

There is no formal application for the Brittain Scholarship. Rather, prospective candidates must:

  1. Apply to Emory University during a Brittain Scholarship award year. The next scholarship will be awarded in Spring 2017 to a student enrolling as a freshman for the 2017-18 school year.
  2. Notify Bethanie Glaser at CityBridge Education after submitting admission application to Emory.

Scholar Selection

All admitted full-time students who meet the Brittain Scholarship criteria are considered finalists. From this pool, a winner is selected based on demonstrated scholarship and service. The winning Scholar is notified by Emory University in late April.

For Additional Information

Bethanie Glaser
Program Manager, Stewardship and Engagement, CityBridge Education

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