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The College Success Foundation – District of Columbia (CSF – DC) is a nonprofit founded in late 2006 to address the critically low college graduate rates of the students in the public and public charter schools of the District of Columbia, particularly in Wards 7 and 8.  Executive Director Herbert Tillery leads its day-to-day operations.

It is a subsidiary of the College Success Foundation founded in 2000 to provide scholarships and mentoring for low-income, high-potential students.

In 2007 the College Success Foundation - District of Columbia announced a $117 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch the DC Achievers Scholarship Program, patterned after the successful CSF Washington State Achievers Scholarship Program begun in 2001.

CSF – DC works closely with College Credential Completion Network under the direction of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in the District of Columbia to address the discrepancy in college graduation rates between the nation’s capital and the rest of the nation.

CSF – DC also collaborates with Costco Wholesale on an annual event each year which brings donors together on behalf of the DC Leadership 1000 Program.

For more on the history of the College Success Foundation, founded in 2006, please see more of our story.



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