DCPS Persists provides college-bound DC Public Schools graduates with a support network and resources needed to help them succeed in college. Through a recent partnership with DC Public Ed Fund and Beam, formerly Edquity, DC Persists launched emergency persistence grants for college students experiencing vulnerable situations. DC Persists awarded $300 in emergency funding to all applicants, helping them avoid college dropouts thanks to the supplemental support. Funding for this program was provided by DC Public Ed Fund, and Beam's platform facilitated the application process and disbursement of funds.
Beam offers scalable, fast, evidence-based emergency aid distribution. The platform's infrastructure offers an efficient, streamlined application process and provided fast payment to students via direct deposit and prepaid cards.
Through partnering with Beam, DCPS Presists achieved their goals: