Thursday, March 22, 2007

Gates foundation to give DCPS $122 million

The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation has announced a $122 million dollar grant to DCPS to help Ward 7 & 8 public and charter school students.
More than 2,000 students will become D.C. Achievers over the next 15 years and receive college scholarships of up to $10,000 each a year for a maximum of five years. The money is meant to jump-start low high school and college graduation rates among students living in parts of Northeast and Southeast Washington, where statistics show that within a span of five years, 66 percent of high school students fail to complete high school and just one in 20 high school graduates earns a college degree.

The grant is a monumental leap from the $4.8 million the foundation awarded the D.C. public schools last fall for several low-performing schools and smaller investments in years past at some charter schools. The D.C. College Access Program, or DC-CAP, the city's largest nonprofit college counseling program, will administer key elements of the D.C. Achievers program.

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That's a big opportunity for students. Student's should participate well to their
. Scholarship is a big help!

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