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First D.C. College Fund

WI Web Staff Report | 10/8/2012, 9:53 p.m.

Mayor Gray and OSSE Announce First-Ever D.C. College Fund

Mayor's Scholars Fund Will Provide Need-Based Grants to District Students Attending Area Institutions; Includes UDC and UDC Community College

Starting this fall, D.C. students will have the opportunity to receive need-based financial support from the city government while attending colleges and universities in the District.

The grants come through the inaugural Mayor's Scholars Fund, announced Oct. 5 at Trinity Washington University by Gray and representatives from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

The announcement marks the first local need-based-grant program for D.C. students that can be applied toward the cost of attending the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and the UDC Community College (UDCCC). D.C. students attending private colleges and universities in the District were already eligible to receive awards of up to $2,500 from the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) program. The Mayor's Scholars Fund will provide additional assistance.

"One of the goals of my One City Action Plan is ensuring that all of our residents have access to a quality education, and today's announcement means it will be easier for many District students to obtain a university or community college degree," said Gray. "It's a wise investment in our students, our workforce and our city's future."

Students' eligibility for the program will be based on current undergraduate enrollment in a D.C. college or university, good academic and disciplinary standing, established District residency and verified financial need.

The Mayor's Scholars Fund will be managed by the OSSE Division of Postsecondary Education. Approximately 185 resident students ages 18-24 will receive financial assistance under the program this fall, with grants ranging from up to $3,000 at UDCC, up to $7,000 at UDC and up to $10,000 for students attending private D.C. universities.

"Creating a college-going culture begins with instilling the idea that college is an important and attainable aspiration, regardless of one's financial situation," said State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley Jones. She noted that the program builds on the OSSE-administered DCTAG program by expanding assistance to the District's only public institutions of higher learning and boosting the assistance offered to students who choose to attend one of the many private colleges and universities in the city.

Source: Executive Office of the Mayor