Scholar Application

Generation Hope Scholar Application

The 2019/2020 Generation Hope Scholar application is now closed. The 2020/2021 application will open on December 1, 2019. If you have any questions about the application, please contact

What is Generation Hope?

Generation Hope began in March 2010 when Nicole Lynn Lewis, a former teen mother who attended the College of William & Mary while raising her infant daughter, decided to put her dream of helping more teen parents beat the odds in motion.  She envisioned an organization that would encourage and support other teen parents in their pursuit of a college degree.  Nicole's life -- and her daughter's life -- was truly transformed by graduating from college, and she wanted to help others realize their full potential and obtain stable and successful futures.

What do Generation Hope Scholars receive?

  • $1,200/year in scholarship money if you are attending a 2-year college, $2,400/year in scholarship money if you are attending a 4-year college

  • Mentoring—each Scholar is matched with a caring, adult mentor who works with you one-on-one until you graduate, providing you with emotional support, guidance, and friendship;

  •  Support of Generation Hope staff, who can help you access resources, manage crises, etc;

  • Trainings in life skills, career readiness, etc;

  • Free tutoring, as necessary;

  • Access to an Emergency Fund for financial crises;

  • Access to fun, family-friendly events such as field trips.

 Who is eligible for Generation Hope?

  To be eligible, a student must:

  1. Be a teen parent (defined as pregnant/expecting by age 19) and 25 or younger at the time of application;

  2. Be raising or actively involved in their child’s life (defined by regular support and care of your child;

  3. Be attending - or planning to attend - college starting the Fall 2019 semester in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area and seeking an undergraduate two or four-year degree;

  4. Be a US Citizen, legal US Resident, or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status;

  5.  If a US Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident, submit a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) or proof of FAFSA submission

  6. Be planning to take a minimum of 6 credits each semester.

What are the requirements of Generation Hope Scholars?

  • Meet with your mentor in-person at least once a month, and communicate at least every other week;

  • Attend an initial training on July 13, 2019 and at least one In-Service training each year;

  • If you are a freshman and have not tested out of developmental reading/writing classes, you must attend Generation Hope’s Summer Bridge course, which will take place in July 2019.

  • Attend the Generation Hope Gala and Hope Conference each June;

  •  Respond to communication from Generation Hope staff within 24 hours;

  •  Submit midterm and final grades each semester.


We strongly prefer for applications to be submitted electronically, but if you would like to print the application out and complete it by hand, a PDF is available here. Completed applications and supplemental materials can be mailed to us at:

Generation Hope
415 Michigan Ave NE
Suite 250
Washington DC 20017

Complete applications can also be emailed to Volunteer and Outreach Associate Michelle Avelino at If you have any questions about the application or the application process, please contact or (202) 656-9539. We look forward to receiving your application!