For the driven students in ES, extra schooling is not a chore but an opportunity. Each year, it identifies and enrolls bright, hard-working fourth graders from low-income families who meet highly competitive academic admission criteria but lack the preparation and financial resources to reach their full potential. Following the 14-month, STEM-focused Scholars Academy, graduates apply to the region's top independent schools, and Scholars Advancement brings mentorship and guidance on the challenges presented by the transition, on test preparation for high school and college admission, financial aid, and general academic and social support. Partner schools commit to significant tuition assistance that funds life-changing opportunities for these capable kids. And they don't disappoint: ES scholars consistently rank in the top 10% of their class, and attend some of the nation’s most competitive colleges and universities. 77% choose a STEM major, with half pursuing careers in medicine. You can launch a great academic journey.

Headquarters: VA-Arlington County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: Students

Schools They Work In: Es works with independent schools throughout the DC metro area


  • Amount our scholars have received in need-based educational scholarships:   Over $20,000,000
  • Number of scholars who have graduated from the Scholars Academy:   Over 200!
  • Percent of scholars who graduate from high school:   100%
  • Percent of Scholars Academy graduates who are accepted to 4-year universities:   100% of applicants

Awards & Recognition

Catalogue for Philanthropy, 2013-2014: One of the Best Small Charities in the Greater Washington Area

Press

  • A Pathway to Success for Low Income Students
    Thu Apr 21 2016, Alexandria Gazette  
    Emerging Scholars offers life-changing educational and leadership opportunities to gifted underserved children and their families.

Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Emerging Scholars is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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