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What is the Scholarship Gala?
The Gala is an annual scholarship awards ceremony that honors some of CHEC’s most gifted college-bound students. The event also spotlights corporations, foundations and individuals who have made significant contributions to our school community. Attendees can expect to see live entertainment, a silent auction and dancing.

What is the dress code for the Gala?
The dress code is business attire, which includes suits and blazers for men, and suits, dresses and skirts for women.

When will I receive my ticket?
The Gala is actually "ticketless." RSVPs and payments are for a spot on the guest list, and provide admission to the event. While payment can be made at the door on the day of the event, we would rather work to ensure that all guests are provided with the best seating possible. That can only happen if guests pay in advance and allow us the time needed to plan accordingly.

What Is Included With the Purchase of a Ticket?
Each attendee is entitled to complimentary parking after 6:30pm, access to our open bar and free food throughout the event. There will be live entertainment, an awards ceremony, a formal scholarship presentation and a keynote address.

Is my ticket to the event tax deductible?
Yes, however, only a portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. The IRS requires us to inform you of any items of substantive value that you will receive in return for your gift. At the base level, the tax benefit received in return for your ticket purchase is valued at $110 per individual ticket. Please note that this amount varies considerably depending on the sponsorship levels.

May I just give a donation?
Yes, because the school has a 501(c)(3) nonprofit your donation will be tax deductible.  Click here to review our support categories.

What is your tax ID number?
The Scholarship Gala, benefiting our most deserving college-bound seniors, is a special program of the Multicultural Career Intern Program (MCIP), the charitable, tax-exempt organization that supports the Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC).  The EIN number for MCIP is 52-1263933.

For further assistance

If you have additional questions, please call 202-939-7703, or e-mail Robin Winer at mcipoffice@gmail.com for further assistance.

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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