1,000 New D.C. Opportunity Scholarships Now Available; Low-Income Families Can Apply for K-12 Private School Scholarships at Saturday Event

Washington, D.C. -- At a special event this Saturday, June 25, 2011, low-income D.C. families can apply for Opportunity Scholarships to send their children to participating private K-12 schools during the 2011-2012 school year, the DC Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation (the Trust) announced today.

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Erica Toliver
June 22, 2011 etoliver@dctrust.org, (202) 347-4441

1,000 New D.C. Opportunity Scholarships Now Available; Low-Income Families Can Apply for K-12 Private School Scholarships at Saturday Event

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, restored by Congress, provides scholarships allowing K-12 District children to attend one of over 50 participating private schools
JUNE 22, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) – At a special event this Saturday, June 25, 2011, low-income D.C. families can apply for Opportunity Scholarships to send their children to participating private K-12 schools during the 2011-2012 school year, the DC Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation (the Trust) announced today. More than 1,000 scholarships are available.

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program application event will be held at the Renaissance Hotel (999 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001) from 11 AM to 4 PM. Representatives from the Trust will take applications on-site Saturday for the 2011-2010 school. Parents must apply for scholarships in person by June 30, 2011, and are strongly encouraged to attend this event. Volunteers from the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) will also participate at Saturday’s event.

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program—which was restored and expanded by Congress in April of this year—is part of a three-sector approach, funding DC public and public charter schools in addition to provided scholarships to private schools. The Trust became the administrator of the program in June 2010, and works with a number of partners in a collaborative effort to help maximize the number of eligible District families participating in the program. The scholarship program provides vouchers of up to $12,000 for low-income children to attend the qualifying private schools of their parents’ choice. Students from District families earning less than 185% of poverty ($41,348 for a family of four in 2011) or currently receiving SNAP Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits are eligible to participate.

Since the program’s inception, more than 3,300 children have benefited from scholarships. A federal study of the program indicated that parents who utilize scholarships to send their children to private schools are overwhelmingly satisfied with their choices—and children who utilize their scholarships graduate at a rate of 91 percent.

For more details, please visit www.CYITC.org.

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The DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation is the primary resource for developing partnerships that expand and improve services and opportunities for children and youth in the District of Columbia, especially during their time out of school.  The partnerships include public schools, city agencies, and employers, including non-profit providers. Since its inception in 1999, the Trust has provided grants, technical assistance, youth worker training, capacity building, learning opportunities, convenings, and policy support in the District. For more information visit, www.dctrust.org