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Friendship Students Awarded $7.6 M in Scholarships

3/12/2013, 10:58 a.m.

More than 100 students who attend Friendship Collegiate Academy, have earned full college scholarships from the D.C. Achievers Scholarship Program, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This year, 152 students -- including a group from the Anacostia partnership campus-- were recognized as D.C. Achievers Scholars, in comparison to 124 last year. All totaled, $7.6 million in student aid was awarded.

"Congratulations to our students at both schools for earning these honors," said Donald Hense, chairman of Friendship Public Charter School. "On behalf of the board of trustees and our staff, we hope they will continue to work hard as they advance their education."

The Achievers Scholarship Program was founded in 2007 by the Gates foundation. To date, it has provided college readiness, mentoring and support, as well as scholarship financial aid, to hundreds of low-income youth in the District of Columbia.

Friendship Collegiate Academy PCS is a college preparatory high school serving students in grades nine through 12. Collegiate has a 91 percent graduation rate and 100 percent of its graduating class is accepted to college. Some 75 percent of its students are eligible for federal lunch subsidies. At the Anacostia campus 95 percent of students qualify for federal lunch subsidies.