Our application period for 2022 has closed.

Congratulations to this year's

Terri Grier Memorial Scholarship Recipients!

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 providing these outstanding students with a $5,000 award each:

  • Caleb Bohannon (Ole Miss)
  • Camille Edwards (UC Berkeley)
  • Jakia Hamilton (Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • DaRon Hall (NYU)
  • Anthony Holt (Tuskegee)
  • Brianna Johnson-Simmons (NC A&T)
  • Caleb Rashad Jones (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
  • Kella Merlain-Moffatt (Columbia)
  • Jasmine Marchbanks-Moffatt (Howard University School of Law)
  • Kennedy Williams (Howard University)
  • Camille Young (Spelman College)

The scholarship program is open to African-American graduating high school seniors, as well as full time students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in public policy, public administration, political science, community engagement or other advocacy disciplines. Students who are studying other disciplines may be eligible to receive financial assistance by indicating how you will use your education to be an advocate.

Please stay tuned for the 2023 application next academic year!


As a reminder, applicants must meet the following requirements to apply:

  • Be a United States resident;
  • Be African-American (Black);
  • Be a graduating high school senior with plans to attend college in the Fall of 2021 or current full time student enrolled in an accredited college or university in the year of the award;
  • Demonstrate a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in community/public service, issue advocacy, research, extracurricular, and/or other activities;
  • Demonstrate courage of conviction, persistence, and determination in the pursuit of his or her goals; and
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors.

2023 application is OPEN, applicants must complete the following:


  1. Complete the online application form.
  2. Letter of recommendation: Select an educator/college professor, administrator, counselor, employer, or individual with significant knowledge of your experience and public service engagement to submit a letter of recommendation.
  3. Transcript: You will be asked to upload your most recent academic transcript with cumulative grade point average and a class standing/rank.*
  4. Personal Essay: Please select one of the essay questions and follow instructions as outlined on the application form. Remember, your essay should be thorough and concise.
  5. If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact Adam Hunter at arh@hunterandjohnson.com or Sean Burns at sean.burns@tmcf.org
  6. Application is due April 5, 2023 at 5pm EST.