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The College Scholarship Gala for Bell Multicultural High School is MCIP's premier annual fundraising event and is designed to close the financial gap for our most deserving college-bound students. The Scholarship Gala attracts guests who come to enjoy an evening of fine dining, lively silent auction bidding, a moving scholarship ceremony and memorable live entertainment.  The Scholarship Gala was created by the Amigos Corporate Advisory Council in 1985 as a way to raise critically needed scholarship dollars and to bring together a cross-section of the local business and philanthropic community, government officials and the community at large in celebration of academic excellence.  Now in its 32nd year, the Gala has raised approximately $3.2 million dollars since its inception and has made it possible for 90% of our graduates to consistently pursue a post-secondary education.

DATE: May 18, 2017 from 6:30-9:30pm

VENUE: Grossman Hall at American University’s Washington College of Law

ADDRESS: 4300 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

ATTIRE: Business professional

PROGRAM: The gala is a semi formal fast-paced evening that encompasses live entertainment, a full awards program, dining, a silent auction, a reverse auction and dancing.

THE GUESTS: 300 guests from a cross-section of the local business and philanthropic community, government officials and the community at large.

We are looking for volunteers to serve on the scholarship selection committee, help on producing the event program, and securing corporate donations. If interested, please send emails to

Do you have a vacation rental or frequent flyer miles that you would like to donate to our auction? The more attractive our offerings are, the more funds we can raise for scholarships. Please click here to make that happen.

This year for the first time, we are offering early registrants the opportunity to purchase gala tickets in advance in order to secure the best possible seats. This is our response to a number of guests inquiries regarding seating. Tickets are on sale now.
Bell Multicultural High School serves students in grades 9-12 and is the upper division of the Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC). CHEC is a bilingual, world cultures and early-college campus in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).

CHEC serves 1,400 students in grades 6-12, 100% of whom qualify for free and reduced price lunch. CHEC is 63% Hispanic, 33% Black, 2% Asian, 1% White, and 1% from other ethnicities.

CHEC’s mission is to develop college-ready, technologically fluent and competent graduates who are articulate in multiple languages, familiar withthe global economy, ready to serve as cultural ambassadors, and poised to lead their communities in the quest for social justice.

CHEC is joined in this effort by its nonprofit partner, Multicultural Career Intern Program (MCIP), a community-based 501(c)(3) entity that operates special programs in support of the students at CHEC.

  • 100% of the Class of 2016 received college acceptance letters

  • 17 Advanced Placement courses offered

  • 3 seniors received George Washington University’s all expenses paid Trachtenberg Scholarship

  • 2 seniors received the Gates Millennium Scholarship, which pays for undergrad through PhD.

  • #1 ranking in the 2016 Washington Post Challenge Index as D.C’s most rigorous college preparatory program for low-income students

  • #1 ranked hospitality academy by the National Academy Foundation.
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