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ASU WISH Scholarship

The ASU WISH Scholarship was established to offset the costs and expenses of ASU graduate students participating in internships based in Washington DC. Any ASU graduate student participating in an internship for ASU credit in the respective semester who is able to demonstrate financial need is eligible. Scholarship recipients will live in a pre-designated property managed by Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH). 

Please read more about WISH Housing at https://internsdc.com/ and review the house rules at https://internsdc.com/application/house-rules/.

 About this Award

Award Details

Recipients receive partial funding toward the cost of living in WISH Housing's Harley House (228 East Capitol Street SE) for one semester during their internship period. Awards range from $1000-4000 and will be applied to the recipients' student account through ASU Financial Aid. Multiple awards available for fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Terms of Award

  • Recipients are required to be enrolled in an ASU graduate degree program and ASU internship credit during the scholarship period. 
  • Recipients are required to provide internship appointment/offer letter on official letterhead by stated deadline.
  • Recipients are required to sign a semester-long housing contract for accommodations in Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH). 




Spring 2020 Scholarship: September 27, 2019, 12pm (noon)

Summer 2020 Scholarship: January 27, 2020, 12pm (noon)

Fall 2020 Scholarship: May 8, 2020

Applicant Eligibility

  1. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an ASU graduate degree program.

  2. Applicants must be currently pursuing or have already acquired an internship in Washington DC for the term in which they are applying for the scholarship.

  3. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (award will not disburse if GPA is below 3.0), be in good academic standing, and have no previous ASU conduct violations.

Submission Procedures

Students apply directly via the electronic application, and must upload the following information:

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • One-page summary which includes: how your intended internship applies what you are learning in your degree program, how the internship aligns with your career objectives and will impact your professional knowledge, and the impact of receiving this scholarship
  • One-page (maximum) letter of support from an ASU faculty member or career advisor which demonstrates why you are an excellent candidate for the scholarship and how this internship will help you reach your academic and/or career goals
  • Completed financial planning worksheet which outlnes your anticipated expenses related to a semester-long internship in Washington DC, finnacial contributions, your needed funding, and potential funding that you have secured or are also applying to. 

Once the nomination form has been submitted, an automatic confirmation email should be sent from the Graduate College immediately. After the submission deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a committee from various disciplines across the institution.

There will be a four (4) week turn-around time for recipient announcement notifications from the Graduate College deadline date. Recipients will then have approximately one week to accept thew award by submitting a Confirmation Form.

Any questions should be submitted to GCFellowships@exchange.asu.edu

*If you have any issues accessing the nomination form, please ensure you are using your ASUrite when trying to access the form. In some instances, using a different browser may be necessary.

Additional Information


Each fellow is personally responsible for individual taxes related to this award. Additional information regarding tax issues related to awards can be found at tax considerations. Specific questions should be directed to a tax advisor or contact the ASU Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.


An "overaward" is when a student’s need-based awards exceed his/her financial need, or the total of the awards exceeds the cost of attendance. If a student has been overawarded, federal regulations require ASU to adjust his/her awards which may result in a reduction in awards or a bill. Need-based aid include grants, scholarships, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loans,  and outside resources (i.e. faculty/staff tuition benefits, scholarships, stipends, etc.). Non-need based aid includes unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Graduate PLUS Loans and Private Education Loans. Questions regarding overawards should be directed to the ASU Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.