When Best Friends girls reach ninth grade, they enter the Diamond Girl Leadership, a program designed to keep girls interested, involved, and committed to their character development through high school and college.
All Diamond Girls participate in the Diamond Girl Jazz Choir or Performance Dance Troupe which fosters discipline as well as the social and presentation skills important for future success. Our goal is for all Diamond Girls to graduate from high school with specific college, vocational, or career plans.

Diamond Girl Leadership Curriculum
Follow this link to see our curriculum subjects and schedule for a school year. You can also view a .pdf file of a sample section of our curriculum program guide. This page also provides a table of contents list of our curriculum subjects and resources to consider for use in your own youth development/character building program

For Diamond Girl Leadership students:

Developed by professionals with almost 40 years of experience in linking high school students with colleges and universities, My College Options® connects students to 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide and has almost 5 .5 million students already enrolled. The My College Options® system of matching students with the colleges and universities that are right for them will play a large role in helping students reach their post-secondary goals.

My College Options Scholarship Search

2011 Scholarship Recipients

Diamond Girl Leadership
*Hope Ajayi George Washington University
Kevwe Ajueyitsi North Carolina A & T
Tori Dugger University of New Haven
Yaa Yaa Hunt Pennsylvania State University
Lauren Mauney Bryn Athyn College
Mbachur Mbenga Trinity University

Best Men Leadership
DeAngelo Anderson Montgomery Community College
Jamal Childs North Carolina A & T
Cameron Harris Howard University
Christopher Holness Virginia Commonwealth University

*Hope Ajayi has received a full scholarship from George Washington University.
Her Diamond Girl Leadership award is a U. S. Savings Bond to be utilized within the GWU scholarship guidelines.

Please join us in helping Best Friends girls reach for the stars and achieve their dreams by donating to the Best Friends College Council Scholarship Fund. The Best Friends College Council Scholarship Fund encourages academic excellence by assisting qualified Diamond Girls with their college tuition. From 1996 through 2009, Best Friends Foundation has granted $848,089 dollars in scholarships.

Best Friends has given me the self-esteem needed to pursue a career in communications. When I began the program, I was a very shy and soft-spoken 13 year-old. Through Best Friends, I have blossomed into a young woman who is not afraid to speak her mind, follow her dreams, and strive for the best. It is easy to have this outlook on life when so many people believe not only that you can, but that you will succeed. Thanks to financial support from Best Friends, I have been able to attend school with few financial problems.

Best Friends Graduate Senior, Temple University

Scholarships are awarded on a semester-by-semester basis according to the following criteria:
• Participation in Best Friends for at least six years before high school graduation;
• Enthusiasm and overall commitment to Best Friends and its messages;
• Demonstrated leadership;
• Academic aptitude and performance; and
• Courage in overcoming personal adversity.

Our Record
100% of Best Friends high school girls have graduated from high school in Washington, DC, a city where only 56% of public high school students graduate.
• Many Diamond Girls have received help with their college tuition from the Best Friends College Council Scholarship Fund.
• Hundreds of Best Friends girls have graduated from college and many have attended graduate schools.
• Best Friends Foundation has granted $848,089 in scholarships from 1996 through 2009.
• Best Friends and Best Men scholarship recipients currently attend or have graduated from the following colleges:

Alabama State University
Alice Lloyd College
American University
Art Institute Of Washington
Barnard College
Benedict College
Bennett College
Bethune Community College
Bethune Cookman College
Bloomfield University
Bowie State University
Brown University
Bryn Athyn College

California State University, Fullerton
Central Piedmont Community College
Central State University
Charleston Southern University
Cheney University
Claflin University
Clark University
Clark-Atlanta University
Columbia College, Chicago
Coppin State University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Davis and Elkins College
Delaware State University
East Cailfornia University
Eastern Kentucky University
Elizabeth City University
Elon College
Embry Riddle Aeronautic University
Emory University
Fayetteville State University
Fisher College
Fisk University
Florida A & M University
Florida State University
George Washington University
Hampton University
Hofstra University
Hood College
Howard University
Johns Hopkins University
Johnson C. Smith University
Katherine Gibbs College
Kean University
Lane College
Lincoln University
Livingston College
Lord Fairfax Community College
Montclair State University
Montgomery Community College
Morgan State University
Morehouse College
New Jersey City University
New Mexico State University

New York University
Norfolk State University
North Carolina A & T University
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina School of the Arts
Ohio Wesleyan University
Pennsylvania State University
Prince George Community College
Randolph Macon College
Rutgers University
San Diego State University
Savannah State University
Seton Hall University
Shaw University
Somerset Community College
South Carolina State University
Southeast School of Cosmetology
Southwestern College
Spelman College
Spelman University
Stanford University
St. Augustine's College
St. Joseph's University
Stanford University
Temple University
Thomas Nelson Community College
Trinity Washington University
Towson University
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of California

University of California, Berkley

University of the District of Columbia
University of Maryland
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
University of Miami
University of New Haven
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
University of Oklahoma
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of San Diego
University of South Carolina

University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin
Vernon College
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia State University
Virginia Tech University
Virginia Union University
Wake Forest University Law School

Wells College
Winston-Salem State University

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