Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Gates Foundation helps D.C. students prepare for college

WASHINGTON (Map, News) - It may take a village to raise child, but it can take a small fortune to educate one - and that isn't only because of rising college tuition fees.

An investment of $122 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to aid the efforts of the D.C. College Success Foundation and the D.C. College Access Program has given a dramatic boost to their goal. The money, directed through the College Success Foundation, establishes a D.C. Achievers scholarship program in six public high schools that is unusual in scope. Besides contributing money for five years of higher education for qualified students, the program subsidizes guidance personnel as well.

The model for the D.C. partnership operation comes from the Washington State Achievers Program, in the home state of philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, whose wife, Melinda, is a co-chairman of the foundation along with Bill Gates and his father, William H. Gates II. The Examiner

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