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Every student deserves the chance to realize their own potential.

DCCFE is a 501(c)3 charitable organization managed by an independent Board of Trustees that awards scholarships for tuition, fees, and other college related expenses to graduating students from Washington, D.C. area public school systems who have demonstrated financial need, academic achievement, and a high motivation to succeed in their chosen professional or academic path.

Our program seeks to supplement other scholarships and grants to support the enormous talent, creativity, and energy being applied nationwide to improving student completion rates. Assisting low-income and first-generation college students in obtaining a college degree is our number one priority.

Studies analyzing similar programs demonstrate that making college more affordable will result in higher completion rates for economically challenged students.

The Problem

DCCFE understands that many public school students face daunting financial pressures that can prevent them from completing high school and obtaining a college degree. Balancing work and study is extremely stressful for students that need to work to make money. Not having financial support from parents and other environmental factors lead many students to quit college prior to obtaining their degrees.

The Mission

DCCFE’s mission is to assist in alleviating some of the financial burden on students and their families so they can focus on completing high school and graduating from college. All of our scholarships and other programs are designed with this goal in mind.

The Vision

To assist financially challenged and academically qualified students succeed in their chosen professional or academic path.