about the competition

The Junior Achievement® Essay Competition, sponsored by David M. Rubenstein, was founded in 2008. Each year, high school students in Greater Washington are invited to write an essay and compete for over $110,000 in college scholarships. Through Mr. Rubenstein's generous financial commitment, 2016 marked over $1 million in support of the Junior Achievement® Essay Competition.

A first, second, and third place winner will be selected from each of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, and will be each awarded a $10,000 scholarship. One grand prize winner selected from all applicants received a $20,000 scholarship. In addition, from each of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, the school with the greatest number of eligible applications will receive a $6,000 grant.

about david m. Rubenstein

David M. Rubenstein is Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager based in Washington, DC. Mr. Rubenstein co-founded the firm in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing nearly $200 billion from 40 offices around the world. To honor his many business accomplishments, Mr. Rubenstein was inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame in November 2007.

about Junior Achievement of Greater Washington

In the most powerful city in the world, at Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, we believe that we have a responsibility to transform the preparedness of our youth from a mission into a movement. We believe that together, we can inspire an entire generation to be financially capable and tenacious, equipped with 21st century skills to think outside the box, manage risk effectively, and welcome opportunity in a complex modern economy. Through our standards-based experiential financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs taught by a volunteer role model from the community, we are preparing our region's future leaders to understand that anything is possible with hard work and take on their destiny with passion. 

Junior Achievement® is more than small business and lemonade stands. Together with our business, community, and education partners, we are working to ensure that this generation is better prepared for success than any other generation in history. In short, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington inspires the next generation to navigate their path to their own American Dream.