Student opportunities in education represent one of the most significant and
finest investments that we, as a society, can make for the future. A new example
of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation's commitment to opportunities in
education can be seen in our grant to the Washington, DC-based Black Student
First organized in 1964, the Black Student Fund has been providing a path for
students from low-income families to attend high-caliber, well-established
independent schools in the Washington, D.C. area. Providing scholarships,
services and family assistance, the Black Student Fund supports almost 300
students attending classes ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through the 12th Grade
during the 2002-2003 school year. To date, over 2,500 students have participated
in the program. 99% of those assisted have graduated from high school and
approximately 86% graduated from college. In fact, 100% of the high schoool
seniors sponsored by the Black Student Fund during the past 16 years have gone
on to attend the college of their choice.
Many of the students have pursued highly successful careers and many have
elected to return to their city to serve as doctors, lawyers, educators and law
enforcement officers and business and finance professionals working to help the
next generation of citizens to grow and prosper.
The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation is proud to be providing 25 multi-year
merit-earned, need-based scholarships to students living in the Washington, D.C.
area. The benefits that we will all realize from the contributions generated by
these young scholars promises to be significant.