At Friendship, we celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of our high school graduates, but we recognize that the journey for these students is just beginning.
Our commitment to provide comprehensive targeted alumni support has resulted in Friendship’s college graduation rate being more than two and a half times the national average.
The Friendship Office of Alumni Affairs provides critical support to ensure college success and degree attainment for all of our high school graduates attending college:
COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund:
We are here to help. If you are an eligible Friendship Alum, apply for emergency assistance if you are experiencing unanticipated or emergency situations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you complete an application and meet with our office, we will do all that we can to help.
Our goal is to make an immediate difference for those students dealing with unexpected financial needs, relocation expense, and provide aid for technology and resources that are needed to participate in virtual learning.
For those directly affected by COVID-19: For example, if you lost your part-time job that finances your schooling, or you do not have the technology available to complete your coursework from home, or your parent lost his/her job temporarily due to COVID-19 and you now have to help pay bills at home, we encourage you to apply.
This fund is made entirely possible by charitable donations, therefore funds are limited and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. This application is ongoing. Click here to complete and submit your application.
Academic and Financial Aid Counseling:
The Office of Alumni Affairs offers comprehensive counseling, college transition services, financial aid restoration services, advocacy, resource referrals, and success advising for all Friendship Collegiate Academy and Technology Preparatory Academy graduates.
Click here to schedule an appointment with Ms. Brett Gotlib, the Manager of Alumni Retention and Support if you are in need of personalized counseling and advising services.
College Persistence Fund:
Application is now open for Fall 2020 semester. The purpose of the Friendship College Persistence Fund is to assist Friendship alumni, currently enrolled in college, in managing financial hardships that can hinder students from entering or persisting through college.
The College Persistence Fund is not an additional source of financial aid. It is up to students and parents to first seek all available government and college financial aid, including grants, scholarships, and loans prior to applying to the College Fund. The College Fund was established to help students pay for gaps in tuition, room & board, books, or travel after all financial aid and family resources are exhausted. College Fund application decisions will not be made until all other financial aid options have been attempted.
Application and Disbursement Process:
- Applications will be accepted until October 15th for the fall semester and February 15th for the spring semester.
- Applications must be completed online. Click here to complete an application.
- Decisions will be made based on eligibility, need, and funding available at the time of the application.
- Payment will be made directly to the organization or school that is the provider of the service, not to students.
- Presentation of award letter and invoice will be required prior to any disbursement.
It is important that all applicants understand the purpose of the Emergency Fund and determine their eligibility prior to applying:
- Applicants must demonstrate financial need by presenting a statement, invoice, or receipt.
- Applicants must demonstrate how financial assistance will impact their undergraduate career.
- Applicants must understand that funding is not guaranteed and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Situations that might qualify for support include:
- Lack of funding for a meal plan and/or student housing;
- Lack of funding for tuition and/or fees;
- Lack of funding to compensate for an unpaid internship or job that is directly related to applicant’s course of study;
- Lack of funding for transportation to and/or from a summer bridge program or other required campus-based academic intervention programs.
Situations that would most likely NOT qualify for support include:
- Lack of funding for unrelated travel;
- Lack of funding for study abroad programs;
- Lack of funding for extracurricular activities that are not directly related to applicant’s course of study;
- Any situation where assistance would merely postpone, rather than adequately address the need.
*If you have any questions regarding the application process or your specific application, please contact Ms. Brett Gotlib at 202.281.1700 or email@example.com.
Book Scholarship Fund:
All Friendship alumni who are currently enrolled in college are eligible for a $150 book scholarship per semester if certain criteria are met. Book scholarships are issued at the beginning of each semester as soon as the following criteria are met:
- Official grade report is submitted for the previous semester;
- Official class schedule is submitted for the current semester;
- An appointment is scheduled to meet with the Manager of Alumni Retention and Support. The meeting can be held by cell phone if student is out-of-state. Click here to schedule an appointment.
- Financial Aid Award Letter is submitted for upcoming school year (Fall semester only).
The deadline to apply for a book scholarship is the end of the third week of each semester. No exceptions. To apply for a book scholarship, click here and complete the form.
The Friendship Wellness Grants are designed to empower our alumni after they graduate from undergraduate school. Life after college presents new challenges from finding a new career to establishing a budget and paying off student loans. Through partnerships, these grants will help pay for the following services:
- Loan default prevention (after college)
- Money management/financial literacy services
- Career/success coaching
- Funding sources and preparation for graduate school
- Professional Development (resume writing, job searching)
Please complete the Wellness Grants application if you graduated from an accredited Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree program.
Involvement & Engagement Opportunities:
Alumni Week normally occurs in December after the fall semester ends. This is the week to reconnect with your alma mater, your friends, and the wider Friendship community.
Alumni Week activities include:
- Alumni Day at Collegiate Academy – alumni participate on panel discussions and visit classrooms to answer high school student’s questions related to the college experience.
- Alumni Day at Tech Prep – alumni participate on panel discussions and visit classrooms to answer high school student’s questions related to the college experience.
- Alumni Holiday Reception – All Friendship alumni gather to reconnect with former classmates, socialize, and network. This celebration also recognizes alumni achievements.
- Alumni Day of Service – Alumni gather for a half-day of community service – packaging and preparing meals for the less fortunate at Food & Friends in Northeast D.C.
Be sure to peruse the upcoming alumni events and follow us on social media. Click here to register for Alumni Week 2020.
Please note that the schedule and plans for Alumni Week may change depending on the state of the COVID-19 public health emergency in D.C. in December.
The Friendship Alumni Association will launch in 2021. The Alumni Association is being established to support the mission and vision of Friendship Public Charter School and to strengthen the ties between alumni and the Friendship community. It is our goal to provide a space where former students can reconnect, engage, and network with other alumni and the Friendship community.
How can Alumni be involved?
Alumni can become involved in homecoming, special services, awards and recognitions, special events, publications, external relations, and/or with fundraising. Working under the guidance of the Alumni Association Board of Directors are numerous standing committees. This network of volunteers plan and implement programs and services to meet the diverse needs of Friendship’s alumni. Alumni interested in being involved on the Alumni Association planning committee should complete the Alumni Association Interest Form.
Alumni Speaker Series
We are seeking Friendship Alumni (who have graduated college and are in their career or a successful entrepreneur) to volunteer to share their experiences and insights with Collegiate Academy and Tech Prep students as guest speakers on Career Day and as guest lecturers in the classroom.
Please complete this Interest Form if you want to join the Friendship Alumni Speaker Series.
Recognition and Awards
Each year, at the Holiday Reception during Alumni Week, we honor alumni for outstanding achievements in the following areas:
- Community Service Award – This award honors alumni who have embodied the part of the Friendship mission focused on “citizens who contribute actively to their communities”.
- Athletic Award – This award honors alumni who excelled in athletics during their high school years and pursued successful athletic careers in college and/or beyond college.
- Award for Excellence in Academics – This award honors alumni who have pursued a career in academia (education) whether at the primary, secondary, or collegiate level.
- Entrepreneur Award – This award honors alumni who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit, talent, and initiative by owning and/or operating their own successful business.
- Professional Achievement Award – This award recognizes outstanding achievement in any professional field. The award honors an alumna or alumnus whose achievements have brought distinction to themselves, credit to Friendship Public Charter School, and real benefit to their communities.
*All Friendship alumni are eligible to be nominated for these awards, including those in college, graduated college, or did not attend or complete college.
To nominate a candidate for a Friendship alumni award, please review the eligibility criteria and complete the nomination form.
- Must have graduated from Friendship Collegiate Academy or Technology Preparatory Academy (Tech Prep);
- Must be living and physically able to participate in person at the Holiday Reception in December (no posthumous nominations);
- Cannot have previously received an award in the category for which the nomination is submitted. However, previous award winners may be nominated for a different category.
Nominations are accepted each year from July 1st to October 31st. Award winners are notified before Thanksgiving and honored at the annual Alumni Holiday Reception in December.
Nominations are accepted online. Please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-281-1700 with questions.