Hoops Dreams Scholarship Fund


     WITS has been a regular contributing sponsor to the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund for over 5 years. This fund provides scholarships and mentors to inner-city High School students in Washington, DC. An overview of the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund (HDSF) is listed below.

    The Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund (HDSF) was founded in 1996 by Susie Kay, who taught American Government at H.D. Woodson High School in Washington, DC for over a decade. The organization began as a one-day event, a 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament staged to raise money for academic college scholarships for Kay’s students. Since then, still led by Susie Kay, a committed group of dedicated volunteers, supporters and a small staff has worked to grow the effort into a year-round not-for-profit organization committed to expanding the academic and career horizons of Washington, DC public school students.


9th Annual HDSF Congressional Reception in the Mansfield Room of the United States Capitol

Since our inception in 1996, The Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund has helped send more than 920 DC public high school students to college and move toward a more positive and enriched future with the combination of awarding of over 1,600 academic college scholarships and renewals, totaling more than $3 million coupled with our year-long college prep mentoring program, internship—career prep program and SAT prep partnership program with the Princeton Review. These programs and scholarships are combined with our community building efforts, which are all focused on empowering DC students and building bridges across diverse communities. Hoop Dreams has brought together more than 800 DC students and mentors from the local business community through our year long college prep mentoring program; facilitated hundreds of internships; engaged more than 1,000 volunteers in community work; and helped coach more than 400 students through our SAT prep program in partnership with The Princeton Review. We are also very proud to note that many of our Hoop Dreams college graduates have returned to volunteer and mentor with the organization, completing the circle of community service. More than 200 of Hoop Dreams students have now graduated from college. Most of our students are the first in their family to go to college. Hoop Dreams remains deeply committed to uniting the community and building bridges while supporting our local students and their dreams.

HDSF works to create relationships, build networks and provide resources that:

  • Empower and support inner-city DC public high school students so they can find their best pathways to post-secondary education, 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 of service among students, volunteers supporters, and all involved.