Children’s Scholarship Fund

More about Children’s Scholarship Fund

(see also the History and Partners pages at Children’s Scholarship Fund)

Ted Forstmann and John Walton met were early donors and supporters of the Washington Scholarship Fund (WSF), which was founded to provide scholarships for families in Washington, DC. When WSF received more than 8,000 scholarship applications for the 1998-99 school year, Ted and John realized there was tremendous demand among low income families for alternatives to the public school system – not only in Washington, DC but in cities across the country.

The scale of the challenge led them to co-found the Children’s Scholarship Fund as a four-year project to highlight the scale of the challenge.  In 1998, CSF officially launched by offering 40,000 K-8 scholarships – worth almost $200 million – to low-income families across America. The parents of more than 1.25 million students applied for the four-year scholarships – over 30 times what they had budgeted for.  Although originally conceived as a four-year effort, Ted and John immediately realized CSF would require a commitment of many years.

Children’s Scholarship Fund empowers families with both the financial resources and the information they need to choose the right school for their children. All CSF families pay a minimum of 25 percent of their tuition each year, making them fully invested in their children’s education. One hundred percent of every dollar donated goes directly to funding scholarships.

The founders have passed on, but the passion and dedication to children and American education continues.  Since 1998 Children’s Scholarship Fund has provided scholarships worth $695 million dollars to 158,000 children and their families.


Alliance for C.H.O.I.C.E. believes that the phenomenal success stories in the lives of these families is outstandingly wonderful, and worthy of replication.  The demand continues to grow.  Thus there is a tremendous need for increasing the awareness of these successes and multiplying the funds that are available to put a quality education within the reach of every family willing to work hard for it.

Please: Donate today to the Children’s Scholarship Fund.

And tell others to come to these websites, so they too can catch a vision of empowering low income so they can access quality education for their children.

Creating Hope and Opportunity by Investing in Children's Education