The Hamilton Award recognizes young people for their academic, personal, service and entrepreneurial accomplishments. Up to 35 underserved (first-generation, low income, extenuating circumstances, etc.) high school juniors from across the nation are selected annually as winners of the Hamilton Award and subsequently enrolled in the five-year Alexander Hamilton Scholars (AHS) Empowerment Program.
Winners of the Hamilton Award receive two $500 cash awards to pay for college expenses at their entrance and exit from the Empowerment Program. Furthermore, prior to beginning university, Scholars receive a laptop to assist in their college studies.
After accepting the Hamilton Award, students enter the Empowerment Program alongside fellow cohort members and receive a comprehensive network of support and practical guidance to assist their transition from high school to college, and from college to future professional or academic paths.
All applicants should:
be juniors in high school
be high-achieving and service-focused
possess grit and perseverance
have demonstrated need
live in the United States (though you don’t have to be a resident!)
be college-bound to a US-based institution
be committed to participating in our rigorous five-year curriculum
- 3.0 Minimum GPA
- Must currently be in high school
- Type of institution award is open to: two-year college
- Type of institution award is open to: four-year college
- Type of institution award is open to: trade/technical school
- Award is available to U.S. citizens
- Application form required
- Interview required
- Financial need analysis required
- Essay required
- Recommendations or references required
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Donor: Alexander Hamilton Scholars
Alexander Hamilton Scholars (AHS) empowers high-achieving, underserved young leaders to thrive in college and beyond. We envision a community of ethical leaders who break barriers to build an equitable society.Website