Learn. Educate. Grow

The LSF supports students pre K-12th and their families through academic services and informational outreach.

The Latino Student Fund (LSF) was founded in 1994 to address disparities in access to education for underrepresented students in Washington, DC, and has since served more than 11,000 youth across its programs. We provide opportunities for a strong academic foundation for underserved PreK-12th grade students and their families to promote higher education and professional leadership. Through year-round, out-of-school-time programs for low-income, at-risk students and their families we can increase levels of educational attainment in the community.

What We Do

The Latino Student Fund (LSF) helps at-risk students in PreK-12th grade and helps first-generation students get into college. It also helps families become strong advocates for their children.


The greatest strength of our work is the ability to involve the entire family in our programs. By educating families through English classes, school workshops, and computer training, we make learning accessible for every generation and increase levels of attainment in the community.


Our initiatives work in concert to encourage a college-going culture from a young age. We provide programs for students starting in pre-school to help combat the short and long-term effects a lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate resources have on a child’s academic potential.


Our programs don’t stop once students graduate high school.
We create a network of peers and mentors, to promote higher education and professional leadership, that our students can rely on. We become family, whether it’s their first year of middle school or their first year of college.

Our Impact

PreK-12th grade students enrolled in the Access program receive application assistance for independent and parochial schools

Students previously enrolled on the Scholars program are yearly recipients of independent and parochial
school scholarships

PreK-12th grade students enrolled in our Tutoring programs receive one-on-one help in math and literacy on Saturday mornings

Students in 9th and 12th grades from Listo and Te Guio benefit academically from weekly college preparation and support sessions.


Success is believing you can. Here are a few of the stories about how we made a difference in the lives of our student.

“Being part of the Listo program feels like I am a part of something bigger than myself and as a rising senior so close to entering the real world. I really feel that Listo helped open my eyes to what I want my life in and beyond college to be like.”
Diona, 2018

“The LSF has provided me the foundation to achieve the labels I wish to have in my life. With years of supportive sponsorship from numerous companies and individuals, LSF has built a wealth of resources for under-represented students in the D.C area.”
Melanie, 2016

“I volunteer with many different organizations and I am amazed at how quickly the LSF transitioned its programs to an online platform. Most other programs are not online and being able to work with high school students gives purpose to my quarantine.”
Will, 2020

Thanks to Our Generous Donors

Montgomery County
Montgomery County Collaboration Council
PG County
Department of Employment Services
Deputy Mayor for Education
Somos Washington DC
Learn 24
DC Health Benefit Exchange
Children Opportunity Fund
Philip Graham Fund
Bancroft Foundation
Crimsonbridge Foundation
Charles Delmar Foundation
Marshall B. Coyne Foundation
Rotary Foundation
Building Hope
Cope Corrales
DiPietro Law Group
Great American Restaurants
Graham Holdings
Inter American Development Bank
JBG Smith
Kaiser Permanente
Main Street Bank
Toro Taxes
United Way
Wells Fargo
WBG - Community Connections
DC Ghosts


910 17th St NW #317 Washington, DC 20006


M-F: 9am – 6pm
Saturday 9am – 12pm
Sunday: Closed