DC Opportunity Scholarship Program

2019 marked the 15th anniversary of the Washington, D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP).

The enactment of this program was a bipartisan effort by people who had but one goal – helping children in the District of Columbia get a better education. They created a three-sector federal initiative to improve public schools, provide crucial funding DC’s charter schools, and establish the OSP to provide scholarships for children in low-income families to attend the District’s private schools.

The results tell us that the OSP has been one of the best investments the federal government has ever made in helping children from low-income families get a quality education.

In 2010, an independent 5-year study found that the use of a DC OSP scholarship increased the likelihood of high school graduation by 21 percentage points.  Over the years, 90% of OSP graduates have gone on to attend a college, university, technical school or the military.

The OSP was enacted with the notion that all children can achieve if given the opportunity.  The average family income for an OSP family is $22,000 per year. 95% of the students are African American or Latino. Since 2004 more than 21,000 D.C. students have applied.

Legislative Update

Johnson Secures Four-Year Funding for D.C. School Choice (SOAR Act)


Based on a true story, “Miss Virginia” tells the story of Walden Ford’s fight to give parents all across the financial spectrum more say in their child’s education. Her tireless efforts resulted in the creation of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program in 2004, providing scholarships to low-income students and making it possible for them to attend private schools.

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Miss Virginia Movie Screening

The Heritage Foundation
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
6 PM

DC OSP’s 2020 National School Choice Week Carnival

Saturday, January 25, 2020
11 AM – 3 PM


DC Parents for Opportunity Bowling Nights

OSP 15th Anniversary Celebration, U.S. Department of Education

Miss Virginia Movie DC Premiere


D.C. Parents for Opportunity Summer BBQ

DC Opportunity Scholarship Program Videos

OSP 15th Anniversary, U.S. Department of Education

Every family deserves maximum flexibility and freedom

Students Speak Out in Favor of the OSP

Save the Opportunity Scholarship Program

Reauthorization of the OSP Congressional Hearing

Ronald Holassie, former DC OSP Recipient’s Congressional Testimony

Dr. Tiffany Dunston, former DC OSP recipient