Jennifer Dunn-Thomson Scholarship

In 2005 Washington Policy Center (WPC) honored Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn with our annual Champion of Freedom Award "for her contributions throughout her distinguished Congressional career," and "her strong leadership, support of free-market principles and being a friend to small businesses and taxpayers on the death tax repeal and other tax reforms."

We continue to honor her legacy by presenting the sixth annual Jennifer Dunn-Thomson Scholarship. Scholarships up to $10,000 will be awarded to female college students who embody Jennifer's values of leadership, commitment to public service and personal values. Recipients of the scholarship may use the money to pay for tuition or an internship on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. WPC will help the recipients with an internship placement with a member of Congress.

Download a flyer describing the scholarship here.


Applicants must be female and enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student during the 2016-2017 academic year. They must have completed their first year of education at an institution of higher learning. applicants must hold an above-average GPA with good oral and written communication skills.

Applicants do not need to be members of Washington Policy Center in order to be eligible. 

To Apply

Please submit the following items: resume, college transcript, two letters of recommendation and a writing sample from a public policy course you have taken or something applicable. In addition, you must provide a brief, one-page essay to answer the following questions: How would you benefit from receiving this scholarship? How would it allow you to honor the legacy of Jennifer Dunn? Please indicate in the essay if you would like to use the grant toward tuition or for a Congressional internship.

Send your application to WPC Operations Manager Braden Goodwin. Finalists will be contacted for in-person interviews with the WPC selection committee in May. Email application materials to bgoodwin [at] washingtonpolicy [dot] org or mail to WPC at PO Box 3643, Seattle, WA 98124.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2016

Washington Policy Center awarded the 2015 Jennifer Dunn-Thomson scholarship to Hayley Hohman of Spokane, Wash. She is using the scholarship funds towards her tuition at Washington State University. Click here for our full press release for this year's scholarship recipient, Hayley.