Service Description

The UPO Joseph A. Beavers’ Scholarship awards ambitious Washington, D.C. students who aspire to change the quality of their lives and their community. UPO raises funds through its annual fundraising event, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast to award five deserving scholars with $10,000 scholarships to attend the college or university of their choice.

Named in honor of the late Mr. Joseph A. Beavers who was a long standing UPO board member and a legendary District of Columbia labor leader, Mr. Beavers advanced the idea of a special scholarship program using the proceeds raised from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast.

Since 1990 the scholarship fund has raised over $650,000 and assisted 120 students in realizing their dream of pursuing their college degree.

The scholarship application is announced in January of each year. To apply, students must:

  • Reside in the District of Columbia;
  • Be a high school senior attending a District of Columbia public school, charter school, or have earned a GED within the past two years;
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  • Have maintained at least a minimum 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale; and
  • Fall within certain income guidelines.

For more information about the Joseph A. Beavers’ Scholarship contact:

The Youth Services Center (Ward 8)

1649 Good Hope Road, S.E.

Washington, DC 20020

202-610-0466; 202-610-2666 (fax)

The UPO Effect

“When I have exhausted all of my resources, UPO steps in and saves the day. Sometimes you
don’t even plan for the small bills that add up to be enormous bills that you are not able to pay.
The Beavers Scholarship has helped me to pay off those bills, pay for fees that have incurred,
and truly keep my head above water. It really inspires hope in me when I know that I can make
it through college without having to worry about the expenses. It helps me to excel in school,
and it helps me to end the stress about money. UPO has served not only as a financial safety net
for me, but as a main contributor to my being able to attend college.” Tyrec Grooms 2011 Beavers’ Scholar – University of Mary Washington

See what more of our Joseph A. Beavers’ scholars have to say about the impact this scholarship has had on their lives.