Scholarship and Internship Application Now Open!

The mission of the Washington Government Relations Group Foundation is to further cultivate the pipeline of future African-American lobbyists, public policy professionals, and advocates. We do this by supporting undergraduate and graduate-level students who demonstrate the commitment, courage, and work ethic to be advocates throughout their academic and professional journey.

WGRGF is proud to announce that we are continuing our investment in the pipeline of future advocates by offering scholarship awards for the upcoming Fall 2022 semester and internship opportunities for Summer 2022. The scholarship awards are up to $5,000 per student!

Click here to use our newly combined application where you can easily apply for the scholarship, internship, or both! 


The Curtis Etherly, Jr. Scholars Program

Curtis Etherly, Jr. was a titan in the field of advocacy and exemplified what’s possible when young people who grew up here in Washington, DC are given opportunities to learn, grow, and lead. A native Washingtonian and proud graduate of Ballou High School in Southeast DC, Curtis went on to earn degrees from Yale and Georgetown Law School. Throughout his extraordinary career in local government and eventually at The Coca-Cola Company, Curtis always found ways to give back to the community that raised and nurtured him. With that in mind, WGRGF is proud to extend new opportunities to native DC students who demonstrate an eagerness to follow Curtis’ path, so that they too, can have a positive impact on the communities in which they were raised.

The Etherly Scholars annual internship program will provide students who graduated from a high school located within Washington, DC city limits and are currently enrolled in a 4-year college or university with exposure to the inner workings of Congress, corporate relations, public policy, and government affairs. This enriching summer internship will include (virtual) office experience, one-on-one conversations with leaders in the field of advocacy, and other informative/educational programming. Scholars will be compensated with a generous stipend and financial assistance

To apply, please complete the application here!

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in supporting our work? Your support will help us continue to build the pipeline as we award individual scholarships and offer enriching internships to deserving students. The COVID-19 pandemic has limited our ability to host our usual annual fundraisers so we depend on your corporate support to fulfill this important mission. The Washington Government Relations Group Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

For more information, please email us at foundationwgrg@gmail.com.