They gave college scholarships to more than 1,000 D.C. public school students. This week, the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund closed its doors. The 13-year old organization refused to go quietly and instead invited nearly 300 friends to celebrate the end of the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund.
"We wanted to preserve the dignity of it, the integrity of it, and the quality of it," said HDSF founder and president Susie Kay. She adds although the Fund is ending operations, due to reduced donations and the sluggish economy, students currently enrolled in the fund and attending college will be supported by the United Negro college Fund.
Laquinta Carrol attended college on an HDSF scholarship. she grew up in southeast and these days makes her living as a graphics artist. "It was Ms. Kay who transformed me into a better person, made me look at things differently, and she was able to take us out of the environment we were in."
Since 1996 the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund has awarded 1800 scholarships to public school students in the Washington region.
Elliott Francis reports...