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A Scholarship Program Dedicated to HBCU Students

At Witt O'Brien's, diversity is key for high-performing teams – and building resilience. Multiple perspectives make for stronger solutions. This program is designed to encourage and develop Black leaders with a career interest in resilience: helping communities and businesses prepare for disasters, respond effectively, and recover as quickly as possible. Scholarship awards are reserved for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), in recognition of their unique educational role.


This scholarship combines a financial award with on-the-job experience. If selected, you’ll receive a $5,000 scholarship award and a paid $5,000 internship with Witt O’Brien’s during the summer of 2021. This will help with your post-graduation job search, providing both professional credentials and personal references. The summer internship may be completed in one of Witt O’Brien’s offices, at a client location or virtually, depending on COVID-19 restrictions and work requirements.


Qualified candidates should:

  • Be a third-year black student at an HBCU
  • Exhibit interest in a career that builds resilience, such as emergency management, urban planning, crisis communications, engineering, environmental science, public administration, sustainable development, or related fields
  • Display leadership through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities
  • Demonstrate a GPA over 3.2

To be considered, eligible students must submit an application with the following materials via our online portal:

  • Copy of Transcript
  • Academic Letter of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Color Photo (to be used in promotional material if selected)
  • Essay 1 (Max 500 words): How do you plan to apply your current field of study to increase your community's resilience?
  • Essay 2 (Max 250 words): How will this scholarship and internship help you achieve your career goals?

Award selection will be based on a combination of both academic and professional achievement, as well as the quality of supporting application materials. Students who demonstrate a passion for resilience and have a proven track record of bringing positive impact to their school and local community are encouraged to apply.

Selected candidates will be contacted by email and will be provided a schedule for a video interview. The video interview is the final consideration step. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of March 2021. 


The application deadline for this scholarship is 6PM EST on March 15, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen?

Can I submit my application via email?
No, you must fill out and submit the application online via our website.

Do I need to send an official transcript?
Yes, if you cannot obtain an official transcript from your school, you can send an unofficial transcript with your application. However, if you are selected as a finalist, an official transcript will be required.

What if my major is not directly related to the field of resilience?
Don’t worry! We accept all majors. Greater emphasis will be placed on your essay submissions.

Do I need to complete the Witt O’Brien’s internship in order to receive the scholarship funds?
Yes, you must participate in the 2021 summer internship in order to receive the $5,000 scholarship award.

When will the internship take place?
The internship will take place in summer 2021. Exact dates will be decided in the spring.

What are my options if COVID-19 makes a workplace internship unsafe?
We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will, if necessary, offer our internship experience remotely.

Contact Us

For more information or if you have additional questions, please email us.

How to Apply

The Witt O'Brien's Resilience Through Diversity Scholarship application period is open from November 9, 2020 through March 15, 2021. All applications must by submitted via our website before 6PM EST on March 15, 2021 to be considered.