As college tuition costs soar, young people living in poverty are increasingly unable to afford higher education. So the Abramson Scholarship Foundation steps in, determined to give motivated public high school graduates in DC the opportunity to attend college and the tools to succeed once they get there. Each spring, the Foundation selects a new cohort of scholars based on financial need (40% are from families earning $30,000 a year or less), academic achievement, and community service; all are recent high school graduates enrolled in four-year colleges. Scholars receive annual, renewable scholarships throughout their college years, along with a comprehensive mentoring program that includes professional development workshops, internship placement, networking events, and more. While only 40% of DC students finish college, Abramson Scholars boast a 95% graduation rate. These kids are ready to accomplish great things. You provide the opportunity.

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