Hundreds of D.C. high school juniors have received excellent news in recent days: They are the recipients of Achievers scholarships, meant to help promising city students pay for college.
The Achievers scholarships, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the nonprofit College Success Foundation-District of Columbia, provide as much as $55,000 over five years of school.
This year, 316 were selected for the scholarship. More than a third — 111 students — attend Friendship Collegiate Academy, part of the largest charter school network in the city. An additional 41 students attend Anacostia High School, which is run by Friendship in partnership with the traditional school system.
“We start really early trying to get kids oriented toward college,” said Donald L. Hense, chairman of Friendship’s board of trustees, describing pre-kindergartners’ trips to local college campuses and dual-enrollment opportunities that allow high school students to earn university credit.