Ally Financial Public Policy Scholars Program

This opportunity awards academically talented and highly motivated African-American or Black undergraduate sophomore or junior pursuing a degree in Public Policy to include, but not limited to, political science, public policy analysis and public administration.

Candidate Requirements
• Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
• Be a full-time undergraduate sophomore or junior at an accredited college or university
• Demonstrate a commitment to public policy
• Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale
• Exhibit leadership and be active in community
• Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black students

Application Materials
• Completed 2-part online application must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on the deadline date.
• Personal Statement Response
• Video Essay Response (not to exceed 5 minutes)
• 2 Letter of Recommendations
• Transcript(s) – must be uploaded directly in Academic Works (application portal)
• Resume listing work experience, extracurricular activities, honors, community service and special skills

Visit the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation website for FAQs:

Supplemental Questions
  1. *Personal Statement*: What makes you interested in public policy, and how has your personal experience prepared you for a career in public policy? (500 word maximum)
  2. *Video Essay Response*: Which of your accomplishments makes you most proud, and why? (provide URL link to view video; video must not exceed 5 minutes)
  3. Upload a legible copy of your current transcript in a PDF file. We must be able to read clearly the name of academic institution, student name and information, courses, grades and other information detailed on the transcript.
  4. Upload resume in a PDF file listing your employment, community service, academic information, extracurricular activities, honors and special skills.