The Washington Teachers’ Union Scholarship Fund Scholars Program (WTUSF) leads the effort to improve public education in the District of Columbia.

Background:

 

WTUSF is the most unique college scholarship in the nation!

In 1972, The Washington Teachers Union called a strike of D.C. Public Schools teachers to protest pay and working conditions. The strike violated the D.C. law prohibiting strikes by public employees. The teachers union violated the law and a $50,000 fine was imposed on the union.  The D.C. Superior Court agreed that the $50,000 fine should be used to benefit public schools students. This was the beginning of the WTUSF scholarship program.

Since 1974, the Scholarship Fund has awarded over $1,000,000 to more than 100 outstanding D.C. Public School graduating seniors interested in earning a degree in education to teach in D.C. Public Schools. WTUSF scholars have received degrees from excellent institutions of higher education such as Spelman College, Yale University, Trinity University, the University of Michigan, North Carolina Central University and Bowdoin College.

The WTUSF is an independent  charitable organization designated asTax Exempt under IRS Code Section 501 (c) (3).