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Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund

  • Washington, DC
  • www.hoopdreams.org

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Mission Statement

Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund (HDSF) works to create relationships, build networks and provide resources that:  empower and support underserved DC public high school students and HDSF alumni to find their best pathways to post-secondary education, a career and an enriched life; build bridges of understanding and collaboration between diverse communities in the metropolitan Washington DC region; and promote an on-going commitment to community responsibility and a lasting spirit among students, volunteers, supporters, and all involved.

Main Programs

  1. Academic Scholarships for D.C. High School Students
  2. Mentoring Program for D.C. High School students
Service Areas

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District of Columbia

Washington, DC (specifically partner DC Public High School in Wards 4,7,8)

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 1996

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Ms. Susie Kay

Keywords

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scholarships, mentoring, internship, college access, inner-city youth, racial reconciliation, youth development

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Also Known As

HDSF

EIN

52-2079470

 Number

8169482353

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund (HDSF) is a non-profit, for-impact organization who serves Washington, DC public high school seniors, along with our HDSF alumni, by "Empowering the Pursuit of Dreams" through support systems, educational/career prep resources, and life skills development.

Programs

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Program 1

Academic Scholarships for D.C. High School Students

Through the work of hundreds of deeply committed volunteers, a small staff, and our many academic and professional partner institutions, Hoop Dreams serves students at six of Washington, DC's resource-challenged public schools: H.D. Woodson High School, the Academy of Business and Finance (located at Woodson), Benjamin Banneker, Washington Math, Science & Technology Public Charter School, Ballou High Schools and Spingarn High School. HDSF benefits approximately 200 students annually, all of whom participate in our intensive college prep program as high school seniors. The Hoop Dreams network of activities and supports not only facilitates college access, but empowers students to success in their academic, professional, and civic endeavors. Program components include: Mentoring: To date, the mentoring program has served nearly 1,000 high school seniors in an intensive eight-month program that pairs inner-city students with professionals from the corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors. Monthly workshops feature inspirational speakers and targeted activities focused on the college selection and application process. Between sessions, mentors and students meet one-on-one, forming lasting friendships that have a long-term impact on the student and mentor alike. This year, students from the mentoring program had a 100% college acceptance rate compared to an average of 33% for DC public schools. Academic Scholarships: Since 1996, Hoop Dreams has awarded over 1400 scholarships and renewals, exceeding $3 million total. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the students' academic ability, personal essay, standardized test scores, demonstrated financial need, and successful participation in Hoop Dreams college prep programs. Internships: Nearly 400 Hoop Dreams students have been placed in paid internships since 1998 with corporate and institutional employers offering structured and viable employment opportunities in conjunction with the objectives of the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund. Students gain exposure to a professional setting, explore potential careers, and learn valuable work skills that they can apply in the future. SAT preparedness: The Princeton Review generously provides its prestigious SAT prep course to Hoop Dreams students free of charge, a value of $1,000 per student. To date, over 500 students have participated, increasing their scores by as much as 200 points. Community building events. In addition to the annual 3-on-3 tournament, the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund holds annual community gatherings including semi-formal galas attended by students, sponsors, community leaders, parents, friends and teachers as well as an annual Congressional Reception in the U.S. Capitol hosted by senior Rhode Island Senator, Jack Reed and a bipartisan group of Congressmen. Community service/Service-learning. Each year, Hoop Dreams collaborates with other nonprofit organizations for service learning day projects. Past partners have included the Earth Conservation Corps, Mentors Inc., and DC Central Kitchen. Through these partnerships, on National Youth Service Day, up to 20 students and their mentors join other community members in activities such as cleaning up a section of the Anacostia Riverbank. Ongoing support. Members of the staff and volunteers assist current scholarship recipients in dealing with the transition from high school to college. Members of the Hoop Dreams staff act as a resource for students heading off to college and as advocates for students and parents in many aspects of college admissions, academic support, housing, and financial aid. Hoop Dreams believes very strongly that continued contact with and logistical support for students after high school graduation is crucial for college success.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$422,856.00

Program 2

Mentoring Program for D.C. High School students

Through the work of hundreds of deeply committed volunteers, a small staff, and our many academic and professional partner institutions, Hoop Dreams serves students at six of Washington, DC's resource-challenged public schools: H.D. Woodson High School, the Academy of Business and Finance (located at Woodson), Benjamin Banneker, Washington Math, Science & Technology Public Charter School, Ballou High Schools and Spingarn High School. HDSF benefits approximately 200 students annually, all of whom participate in our intensive college prep program as high school seniors. The Hoop Dreams network of activities and supports not only facilitates college access, but empowers students to success in their academic, professional, and civic endeavors. Program components include: Mentoring: To date, the mentoring program has served nearly 1,000 high school seniors in an intensive eight-month program that pairs inner-city students with professionals from the corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors. Monthly workshops feature inspirational speakers and targeted activities focused on the college selection and application process. Between sessions, mentors and students meet one-on-one, forming lasting friendships that have a long-term impact on the student and mentor alike. This year, students from the mentoring program had a 100% college acceptance rate compared to an average of 33% for DC public schools. Academic Scholarships: Since 1996, Hoop Dreams has awarded over 1400 scholarships and renewals, exceeding $3 million total. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the students' academic ability, personal essay, standardized test scores, demonstrated financial need, and successful participation in Hoop Dreams college prep programs. Internships: Nearly 400 Hoop Dreams students have been placed in paid internships since 1998 with corporate and institutional employers offering structured and viable employment opportunities in conjunction with the objectives of the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund. Students gain exposure to a professional setting, explore potential careers, and learn valuable work skills that they can apply in the future. SAT preparedness: The Princeton Review generously provides its prestigious SAT prep course to Hoop Dreams students free of charge, a value of $1,000 per student. To date, over 500 students have participated, increasing their scores by as much as 200 points. Community building events. In addition to the annual 3-on-3 tournament, the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund holds annual community gatherings including semi-formal galas attended by students, sponsors, community leaders, parents, friends and teachers as well as an annual Congressional Reception in the U.S. Capitol hosted by senior Rhode Island Senator, Jack Reed and a bipartisan group of Congressmen. Community service/Service-learning. Each year, Hoop Dreams collaborates with other nonprofit organizations for service learning day projects. Past partners have included the Earth Conservation Corps, Mentors Inc., and DC Central Kitchen. Through these partnerships, on National Youth Service Day, up to 20 students and their mentors join other community members in activities such as cleaning up a section of the Anacostia Riverbank. Ongoing support. Members of the staff and volunteers assist current scholarship recipients in dealing with the transition from high school to college. Members of the Hoop Dreams staff act as a resource for students heading off to college and as advocates for students and parents in many aspects of college admissions, academic support, housing, and financial aid. Hoop Dreams believes very strongly that continued contact with and logistical support for students after high school graduation is crucial for college success.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$432,632.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

Washington, DC (specifically partner DC Public High School in Wards 4,7,8)

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HOOP DREAMS SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Susie Kay

BIO

Susie Kay is the Founder and President of the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund, which began in 1996 and has now awarded nearly 1000 scholarships to hardworking inner city DC Public High School students. Kay has raised more than $3 million in scholarships and has developed a full-time organization, which provides a college prep mentoring program, internships and The Princeton Review SAT prep partnershiDC youth every academic year, the majority of whom are from families living at or below the poverty level. Nearly 100% of the students Hoop Dreams serves are African-American. While scholarships are awarded to students from across Washington, DC, the Hoop Dreams mentoring, internship and SAT preparatory programs target students from five resource challenged high schools: H.D. Woodson High School and the Academy of Business and Finance Charter School housed at Woodson, Ballou High School, Benjamin Banneker High School, and Washington Math Science and Technology Public Charter School Kay taught American Government at H. D. Woodson and maintains a close partnership with Woodson because of her 13 years as a DCPS teacher. She has authored the curriculum guide for "STAR-Students Talk About Race" which instructs teachers about teaching racial reconciliation and how to break down racial barriers. She began her career as an aide on Capitol Hill, and has appeared on local and national television and radio outlets, speaking on a wide range of issues: education, urban politics, socio-economic disparity, Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund and current issues. She was a 2000 Washingtonian of the Year, an Olympic Torch bearer in 2002, and a graduating member of the Leadership Washington Class of 2003.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

""Empowering the Pursuit of Dreams" isn't just our vision statement - it's our belief that the Washington, DC metropolitian community can become an agent of change in the lives of some truly deserving students.
We fully understand that the realities and challenges of our students do not change because of their participation in our HDSF Empowerment Program. We know far too well that these life issues do not leave a life because we ask them to - we must prepare our students to see their potential, expose them to individual, companies, and atmospheres that could nuture and enhance that potential, and then prepare them with the tools and access to networks to create a postion of success -through education. By working closely with our students, Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund hope to always be that place where dream can indeed become reality - and that through hard work, success is attainable in the game of life.

Beyond our work with our students in their high school senior year, however, Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund is proud of our continuing work with our past roster of over 920 "HDSF Alumni" - those who completed our HDSF Empowerment Program - and are now either working toward their post-secondary education or have joined the workforce or is looking to continue their journey in their life.

Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund provides support systems for our students for as long as they are connected back to us and interested in utilizing this network of cherished supporters as a resource to success. Finding jobs, enhancing resumes, preparing for job interviews, etc. These are all the services and support we hope to provide to our alumni students. We know going to college is important, but we also know that support for our students shouldn't stop at an acceptance letter from a school or university. Our work is just beginning. Completing school, graduating, preparing to find a job, interviewing with a potential employer, and starting a career - these all still need support, resouces, and connections. We at HDSF want to be that connection, that hub to resources and networks of community professionals and leaders."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Frank Ross

Howard University, School of Business

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