Jennifer Dunn-Thomson Scholarship

In 2005, Washington Policy Center (WPC) honored Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn with our annual Champion of Freedom Award to honor her strong leadership, support of free-market principles, and being a friend to small businesses and taxpayers on the death tax repeal. After her untimely death in 2007, her widower Keith Thomson approached WPC about honoring his late wife through a scholarship to support young women interested in public policy. He endowed the first five years and WPC continues the scholarship through the generous support of three of our board members. Recipients can use the scholarship to pay for tuition at their college/university or fund a summer internship on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

2017 marks the seventh consecutive year that WPC will award its annual Jennifer Dunn-Thomson scholarship to a female college student who embodies the late Congresswoman's values of leadership, commitment to public service and personal values. From the $15,000 in total scholarship funds available, recipients 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.  

Past scholarship winners have used the funds to do incredible things and have become a great addition to our organization. Our first scholarship recipient plays a significant role on our Young Professionals Advisory Board, and another is leading the WPC college club on the Washington State University campus.

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Applicants must be female and enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student during the 2017-2018 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 or mail to WPC at PO Box 3643, Seattle, WA 98124.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2017