As we approach the end of 2023, let us consider how we prepare and move forward toward 2024

As we approach the end of 2023, let us consider how we prepare and move forward toward 2024

December 21, 2023

As we approach the end of 2023, let us consider how we prepare and move forward toward 2024

President Edington has a bold vision for the University. Our support can start now! Your donation before December 31, 2023 will help bolster UDC’s funding needs. The UDC Foundation is the fundraising arm of the University and is partnering with President Edington to secure the success of our students and the University.

We would like to share Jermel’s story with you as you consider your year-end gift:

Jermel WatsonHello, I’m Jermel Watson, a proud senior at the University of the District of Columbia, majoring in Computer Science. Today, I want to share with you the transformative impact that scholarship support from the UDC Foundation has had on my educational journey.

This scholarship has been a beacon of hope in my life. As someone who has always been passionate about technology and its potential to change the world, the financial support from the UDC Foundation has been instrumental in turning my dreams into reality. It alleviated my financial burdens, allowing me to focus on my studies and delve deeply into the fascinating world of computer science without the constant worry of how to fund my education.

The scholarship didn’t just offer financial relief; it opened doors to opportunities I never thought possible. I got the opportunity to work with industry leaders such as Apple. I’ve been able to participate in cutting-edge research projects and develop skills that are crucial in the tech world. I gained valuable leadership experience while fulfilling the role of Student Ambassador for the Emerging Talent Scholarship Program. These experiences have been invaluable, shaping me into not just a student of computer science, but a budding innovator ready to contribute to the field.

Why is it important to donate to the UDC Foundation? It’s simple. When you donate, you’re not just giving money; you’re investing in the futures of students like me. You’re helping to break down the barriers that often prevent talented, determined individuals from achieving their educational and professional goals. Your support creates a ripple effect – empowering students, enriching the community and ultimately driving innovation and progress in our society.

I am a testament to the powerful impact of your generosity. The UDC Foundation Scholarship has been more than just financial aid; it has been a vote of confidence in my abilities and potential. It has given me the freedom to dream bigger and consistently strive for excellence.

As I approach the completion of my degree, I am filled with gratitude and a sense of responsibility to give back and help pave the way for future generations. Your donation to the UDC Foundation is an investment in the bright minds that will shape our future. Together, we can ensure that every deserving student has the opportunity to excel, innovate and make a meaningful impact in our world.

Thank you for considering a donation to the UDC Foundation. Your support changes lives.


Jermel Watson
Senior, Computer Science
University of the District of Columbia

In 2023 alone, the Foundation provided over $1.3M in scholarships for our Firebirds. We supported over 400 students who rely on the food bank for groceries. We supported international students struggling to make ends meet and provided funding to support professors and students to attend research conferences. Funds raised in 2023-24 will expand our infrastructure to provide even more wrap around services to our students, faculty, and staff.

All donations received by December 31, 2023 are matched dollar for dollar by DC Council. Please click on the link to make your donation today to the UDC Fund. Thank you in advance for your support!