For the bright and driven students in Emerging Scholars, school on Saturdays or in the summer is not a chore but an opportunity. Annually, ES recruits and enrolls 20 rising 5th grade students who have the potential, desire, and family support to attend the region’s most rigorous independent middle & high schools but lack the preparation and financial resources to do so. Nearly 60% are from homes where English is a second language and 44% are first generation US citizens. An intensive 14-month academic and leadership enrichment program, ES provides scholars with the academic, leadership, and personal skills required to succeed at an independent school, along with workshops that guide families through the tricky application and financial aid process. And the results are impressive: the average scholarship for an ES graduate is $150,000 for grade 6 to grade 12 tuition; students consistently rank in the top 10% of their classes and participate actively in campus life. ES sticks with its graduates, advocating for and supporting them all the way to college. You can launch a great academic journey.

Headquarters: VA-Arlington County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: Students

Schools They Work In: Es works with independent schools throughout the DC metro area

  • Amount our scholars have received in need-based educational scholarships:   Over $20,000,000
  • Number of scholars who have graduated from the Scholars Academy:   Over 200!
  • Percent of scholars who graduate from high school:   100%
  • Percent of Scholars Academy graduates who are accepted to 4-year universities:   100% of applicants

Awards & Recognition

Catalogue for Philanthropy, 2013-2014: One of the Best Small Charities in the Greater Washington Area


  • A Pathway to Success for Low Income Students
    Thu Apr 21 2016, Alexandria Gazette  
    Emerging Scholars offers life-changing educational and leadership opportunities to gifted underserved children and their families.

Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Emerging Scholars is: Less than $500k

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