Our Story 


Our History:

The College Success Foundation-District of Columbia (CSF-DC) is a nonprofit education foundation founded in late 2006 to address the critically low college graduation rates of the students in the public and public charter schools of the District of Columbia, particularly in Wards 7 and 8. CSF-DC is a subsidiary of the College Success Foundation founded in the State of Washington in 2000. CSF-DC has provided college admission assistance and scholarships to thousands of students who attend colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Goals and Priorities:

CSF-DC is designed to accomplish the following:

• Support underserved, low-income and first-generation students to high school graduation;
• Ensure admission and enrollment for every eligible student at a “best fit” college or university;
• Improve college-level educational outcomes (grades and other academic profiles) and foster consistent matriculation;
• Support students through to college graduation with minimal debt;
• Provide career guidance and assistance to ensure advanced study or entry-level professional employment; and
• Share expertise and learnings with collaborating community partners and college access providers in order to close the opportunity gap for students in underserved communities.

Through a unique system of integrated advisement and academic supports, scholarship packaging, college supports and 21st Century skills development, CSF-DC provides customized assistance and wrap-around support for students in the following areas:

• Academic Advising (at middle and high school)
• After-school Enrichment
• 21st Century Skills Development
• Motivational Speakers
• College Tours
• Summer Academic Enrichment Programs
• Test Preparation and Information
• Financial Aid and Scholarship Identification and Packaging
• Partner-funded Scholarships
• College Admission Support
• College Advisement and Coaching Support
• College Enrollment Management Guidance
• Partner-supported Internships
• Career Advisement


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