District of Columbia
College Access Program
Changing lives by giving DC students a chance at a college education!
Awarded in Scholarships
University Partnership Scholars
DC-CAP’s University Partnership Scholarship establishes formal partnerships with select high-performing, four-year institutions committed to increasing enrollment and graduation rates for D.C. students. In total, more than 500 scholars and more than $4 million dollars in scholarships have been awarded through the University Partnership Program.
The DC-CAP Scholarship bridges the gap between what you have and what you need to earn your college degree. This scholarship may be used for tuition, room and board, fees and other expenses, which may include books, supplies and travel. In addition to $4,000 per year for college (up to $20,000 over 5 years), recipients receive support from a DC-CAP College Retention Advisor to help navigate the college experience and complete their degree.
The STEM Ready Program
STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) jobs are some of the most lucrative and sought after positions with more than 800,000 STEM related jobs in the DC Metro area alone.
The STEM Ready Program is FREE at the following participating schools: Capital City Public Charter School, Columbia Heights Education Campus, and Eastern Senior High School. The program provides students with the chance to explore all the areas of STEM that interest them while having fun! The program provides competitions, workshops, and hands-on activities for all registered students. Healthy snacks are also provided.
What Our Students Say About Us
“Being a scholar in the DC-CAP Partnership at George Mason…has connected me to resources I’ve utilized to tackle problems common for first-year students. Success coaching, clubs, tutors, and academic advising have made my college transition a lot smoother. The partnership programs support my academic achievement and my well-being with regular check-ins and scheduled activities.”
— C. Brooks, Class of 2020
“Being a part of the DC-CAP program is more than the chance to alleviate the financial burdens of attending a university. It’s a network of support systems to guide me through my college experience.”
— R. Ngatchou, Class of 2020
“Through the DC-CAP University Partnership program, I have had the chance to build relationships with so many excellent individuals that have influenced me positively and helped me to learn many valuable lessons in my first two years of college. The accomplishments of my cohort peers and advisors are constantly inspiring me to take on new challenges and responsibilities.”