Tuition and Fundraising
Message #1
Tuition and Fundraising
Tuition & College Credit
Tuition to attend the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment and the Washington Journalism and Media Conference includes the following:
     • One week of environment/journalism and leadership skills development, including hands-on activities and distinguished speakers
     • A dedicated Faculty Adviser/Mentor for the week
     • On-campus residence in state-of-the-art facilities
     • Transportation to and from the Washington, DC-metro area's two main airports: Dulles International (IAD) and Reagan National (DCA).
     • Deluxe motor coach transportation between program locations
     • Breakfasts and dinners (students bring approximately $15/ day for lunch and snacks)
     • Program Dinner and Gala with distinguished guests
     • All activities, admissions, and fees
     • Certificate of completion
     • Night chaperone staff to monitor dormitories during the night
     • 24-hour staff to address emergencies
     • Full-time, adult, conference counselor to assist students with sensitive issues, away from home adjustments, or private matters.
     • One college credit

*A non-refundable deposit is due when students accept their nomination, and a tuition payment plan is also available.

*College credit is issued by George Mason University. Upon successful completion of the Program, student will earn one general elective, college credit. This credit is issued on a pass/fail basis. The transferability of this credit is the determination of the college/university to be attended.

Attending the Program is an amazing opportunity that requires a commitment of your time and resources. Many students, with the help of their families, fundraise as a viable way to hone leadership skills and raise funds toward tuition. To be a successful fundraiser, you will need to be resourceful, focused, dedicated and plan your strategy in advance.

Refer to the our Fundraising Guide (PDF) designed to assist students in their efforts to fundraise from sponsors in their communities.

Remember: Start early, plan ahead, and use all of your resources. Good luck and have fun!

There are a limited number of partial, need-based scholarships available for qualified students. Scholarship applicants must submit a High School transcript, must demonstrate extreme financial need, and all applicants will be required to submit a copy of the most recent 1040 Federal Income Tax Form from the individual who claimed them as a dependent. Scholarship amounts are $500, $1000, and $1500, and are applied as partial tuition waivers. No full scholarships are available for the conference.

Students wishing to apply for scholarships should click here to complete the application and submit via fax (fax (703-993-2631) or email ( or with the following: 
     • A brief statement on your current financial need, what you hope to gain from participating in the program, and your interests in the field of journalism or the environment;
     • An unofficial copy of your high school transcript;
     • Your most recently filed Federal Income Tax Return, Form 1040; and,
     • Federal income tax return, Form 1040, filed by the individual by whom the student was claimed as a dependent.

Payment Plans
To take part in the payment plan, students are required to submit a non-refundable deposit when the student accepts their nomination. On or about the 15th of each subsequent month $500 will automatically be charged to the credit card on file until the full conference tuition and fees have been collected.

Cancellation Policy
Depending on the date a cancellation request is made, a cancellation fee and/or prorated refund may be issued. Please speak with a team member for additional information.  Students must submit all refund requests in writing to:
George Mason University
The Washington Scholars Program
4400 University Drive
MS 3A4
Fairfax, VA 22030

By registering for the Program, the student and his/her parent/guardian agree to abide by the WSP Code of Conduct. Further, should the Contract be violated, you understand that the student will be sent home immediately at the student's expense.

Jump to Board:

Expand chat