Photo of Abramson Scholarship Recipients and Mentors

We believe that financial hardship or a lack of support
shouldn't be a barrier to a college education.

For nearly 30 years, the Abramson Scholarship Foundation (ASF) has supported promising high school graduates from the District of Columbia to help them succeed throughout and beyond their college years.

Our program is rooted in two equally important components: financial scholarships and mentoring.

As high school seniors, applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, financial need, and a commitment to community service. Scholars who continue to meet these criteria are eligible for sustained financial support each year they are in college.

Additionally, each Abramson Scholar is assigned two Mentors who serve as listeners, advisors, and friends to the Scholars — many of whom are the first in their families to attend college. In short, Mentors help the Scholars find their way to success.

We currently support 35 Scholars who are at various stages of their college experience.


Our Mission
The Abramson Scholarship Foundation provides critical financial assistance and comprehensive mentoring to promising DC public high school graduates attending four-year colleges.

Our Values

  • Empowerment:  ASF provides our Scholars with resources, guidance, and training to help them discover their potential and achieve their goals.
  • Opportunity:  ASF opens doors for our Scholars by creating and maintaining a diverse and respectful community network that provides high-quality support.
  • Community:  ASF fosters an inclusive environment where staff, volunteers, alumni, partners, and supporters work together to build relationships that students can rely on through college and beyond.


Erika Ventura-Castellon

“Four years ago, had you asked me if this page would be filled with all these accomplishments, I would have said no. However, with the help of the Abramson family, each summer and winter break, I was refreshed with optimism and the chance to be a better student and person whenever I returned to campus. Whether it was deciding to study abroad, volunteer, or not doing as well as I hoped on an exam, mentors were with me every step of the way. I knew my Abramson family was rooting for me to enjoy my collegiate experience and grow as a student, all while providing me with mentors and financial support. Had I not had this support, I would not have believed all these things, including college, were possible.”

Erika, University of Kentucky