Scholarship Program





Blacks In Government

Department of Labor Chapter

Post Office Box 2223

Washington, DC 20013-2223



Scholarship Program WinnersBlacks In Government-Department of Labor Chapter (BIG-DOL), an award winning chapter in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area (Region XI) of the National Organization of BIG, was established in 1979. BIG-DOL strives to present programs and services that educate and promote the goals of the national organization for all interested participants, including our youth and senior citizens.


The BIG-DOL Scholarship Program, one of many outreach projects sponsored by the chapter, was established in 1992 to provide financial assistance and encouragement to high school graduates in the pursuit of higher learning.


The BIG-DOL Scholarship Program is funded by donations from its members, supporters, and other fundraising efforts. The number and amount of scholarships awarded in any given year is limited by the monies generated from these endeavors.


In addition to its chapter-sponsored scholarship awards, BIG-DOL has the honor of administering the Larry C. Hackett Memorial Award. From 2001 to 2014, the chapter had the honor of administering the W. George Binion Memorial Awards.




Eligibility Requirements


Eligibility requirements for all awards under the umbrella of the BIG-DOL Scholarship Program are:


         Applicant must be graduating from an accredited secondary educational institution.

         Applicant must have applied for admission into at least one accredited institution of higher learning for the next school term after graduation.

         Applicant must have at least a 2.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).

         Applicant must provide at least one recommendation from current school official, church, community organization, or employer.

         The complete application package must be submitted by MARCH 15th of the competing year. A complete package consists of the completed scholarship application form, a typewritten essay, a completed and sealed certification of academic standing form, and at least one personal recommendation.


Qualifying Competitive Factors


A typed, double spaced, 350-500 word essay on one of the following topics:


1.   My chosen field of study is… because …

2.   How my community, church or family has influenced me

3.   It is important for me to attend college because …


The essay is rated on content, depth, grammar, organization, and originality.


Failure to address one of the specified topics automatically disqualifies the essay.


Official cumulative GPA, grades 9 through semester ending in January of the competing year.


A mandatory in-person interview consisting of an oral presentation of the applicant’s essay and a question/response period. Only finalists, determined by essay and cumulative GPA scores, will have interviews.