Herb Block saw education as the opportunity for a better life. In his will, he urged the creation of scholarships for post-secondary individuals with financial need.
Established in 2005, The Herb Block Scholarship provides financial assistance to high school graduates, community college students, and adult learners who wish to continue their studies at Washington, D.C. area community colleges. The scholarship is “last dollar” valued at up to $8,000 per academic year not to exceed $16,000 over the life of the scholarship. The actual award amount for each recipient is determined in conjunction with the school’s financial aid office and is based on a student’s financial need after all other resources are considered. The award covers tuition, mandatory fees, books, and supplies, as well as limited transportation and on–campus childcare expenses. Scholarship recipients can renew their scholarships for up to five years. One hundred scholarships are granted every year; fifty for the fall semester and fifty for the spring semester. See the Scholarship Highlights or Scholarship Application for more details.
The 2012-2013 Herblock Foundation Scholarship Winners.
"I am writing this letter to show my appreciation for being awarded the Herblock scholarship to help further my education. I was able to use the money offered to me to pay my fees and tuition costs for the 2011/2012 year and to afford other expenses. The help means a lot to me and I remain grateful to your organization. I also promise to do my part by studying hard to get good grades and giving back to my community." ---Madonna Mbomani Enwe
"The Herb Block Foundation Scholarship, through its dedication to supporting community efforts is helping me reach my goals of becoming an educator. Since I have similar passions for education as Mr. Block had, his Foundation Scholarship inspires me to be successful in my academic, career and personal endeavors." --- Nneka Lyn, PGCC
"With the aid of the Herb Block Foundation Scholarship, I can afford to pursue my academic ambitions and bring me closer to realizing my dream as a Law Enforcement Officer or a Special Agent. This scholarship award will alleviate any financial burdens and I can afford books, supplies or school related materials. I would also like to than you on behalf of my parents, because this scholarship will definitely be a great benefactor for them. My parents can now focus on making ends meet without having to pay for my classes or paying for my books or supplies." --- Jun Wang 1/18/2011
"I am very happy and will be ever thankful to this great foundation for their support to help those who by themselves can't afford a college education and as such clearing a path for a better future for me and many others. Thanks once again for your support for me to get a college education." --- Terence Tangoalem (2010-2011 academic year)
"It is a great pleasure to be part of The Herb Block Scholarship program. I would like to thank you people for the opportunity you have given me to accomplish my goals" --- Alhaji Dukuray
"I am much honored that I was chosen for this prestigious award...I can't thank you enough for providing me with the opportunity of going to college. This scholarship is my only hope to make my future better." ---Tanzeel Ashraf