2016 College Success Foundation - DC Breakfast Highlights


Jim Vance, NBC4; Dr. Freeman Hrabowski III, President,
University of Maryland Baltimore County; and
Herb Tillery, Executive Director, College Success Foundation.

The 9th Annual College Success Foundation – DC Breakfast Fundraiser was held on October 13, 2016, at the Marriott Wardman Park, and proved to be a morning of inspiring speeches and testimonials. Tyrone Ferrell and Felicia Webb, both 2016 CSF-DC graduates, served as emcees and NBC4 News Anchor Jim Vance was the Honorary Chair of the event. Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, was the keynote speaker, and left the audience energized and ready to answer the call to support our students’ higher education dreams. In his dynamic address, Dr. Hrabowski pointed out that 2/3 of all American college students are the first to go to college from their families. This is certainly reflective of our DC Scholars, where 84% of our students are first-generation college students.

To date, CSF-DC has raised over $415,000 for scholarships and college readiness programming as a consequence of the generosity of Breakfast attendees and sponsors! We owe special thanks to our breakfast sponsor, Costco Wholesale, for its continued sponsorship which allows every dollar raised from the Breakfast to support our CSF-DC scholars.

Through the generous actions of our supporters, the destinies of our scholars are forever changed for the better. Thank you for your generous and continued support of the College Success Foundation-District of Columbia. If you didn’t get to attend the breakfast but still want to invest in the lives of our young people, please click the Donate button at the top of the page.

Again, thank you for your support this year, and we look forward to seeing you at our 10th Anniversary Breakfast in October, 2017!

Relive the 2016 breakfast through our videos and photos from this incredible event:


College Success Foundation - DC Scholars Belinda Cook and Byron Ford share their challenges they faced growing up in Washington, D.C. and how
CSF - DC has helped them achieve outstanding success.


Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, was the keynote speaker, and left the audience energized and ready to answer the call to support our students’ higher education dreams


Dr. Yolanda Watson Spiva, President & CEO of CSF and
Arthur Jackson, Vice President, General Administration,
Costco Wholesale.

Herb Tillery, Executive Director of CSF-DC.

Tyron Ferrell, CSF-DC Achievers Alumnus.

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University
of Maryland Baltimore County.

CSF-DC Scholars, Destiny Young; Jasani Briscoe;
and Dakota McNeely.

Ted Leonsis, Monumental Sports & Entertainment &
CSF-DC Board Member; Byron Ford, CSF-DC Achievers
Alumnus; and Chip Magid, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP &
CSF-DC Board Chair.

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