School Fair for D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Recipients

August 11, 2011

With the recent reauthorization of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, families of new scholarship recipients are invited to a school fair. Representatives from many of the eligible archdiocesan schools will be in attendance. The goal is to facilitate the school search for new scholarship awardees given the extremely short time frame until the start of the school year. 681 families learned they would be receiving a D.C. Opportunity Scholarship on August 9. More scholarship awards will be announced August 15.

Thursday, August 18, 2011
4:00-8:00 p.m.
Columbia Heights Community Center
1480 Girard Street, NW
Washington, DC

The DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation serves as administrator of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program and is sponsoring the fair.

At the event, the Archdiocese of Washington will have information stations for at least twelve archdiocesan Catholic schools where families can meet with school officials, fill out applications for students, and ask questions. Families will be asked to bring their child’s most recent report card.

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program is the first federally funded K-12 scholarship program and has enabled over 1,900 children from low-income families in the District of Columbia to attend non-public schools within the District of Columbia since 2004.

Earlier this year, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program was reauthorized by Congress for five years. The legislation allows new students from low income families to enter the program; creates a sibling preference; and modestly increases the scholarship amounts for inflation. The program is a unique, three-sector partnership between school, civic and government leaders to strengthen education across the city; evenly dividing $60 million among public schools, charter schools and scholarships to low income families to use at non-public schools. The maximum scholarship amount will be $8,000 for elementary and middle school students. The maximum scholarship amount will be $12,000 for high school students. The legislation will also fund public schools system and public charter school system at $20 million apiece annually. The average annual income for a family of four in the OSP is just over $25,000.

The Archdiocese of Washington serves nearly 30,000 students in 98 elementary, secondary, special schools, and early learning centers in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Brie Hall
Office of Communications
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