Friends of SW DC

Friends of Southwest DC serves non-profit organizations in SW DC by supporting organizations that conduct educational, community development and charitable programs.



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The FOS Board recently received a letter from one of our former scholarship grantees. Philip O’Sullivan was a recipient of an FOSW-funded SWNA grant in support of his undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago. Philip is pursuing a major in History and in addition, he is taking classes in computer and data science and an honors course in “proof-based math”. Philip reports that he is doing very well academically – all A’s in his classes. In his “spare” time, Philip works as a data analyst for his sociology professor and accepted a new job as Resident Dean Assistant in Student Affairs. Thankfully, there is time to enjoy extracurricular activities like Basketball and exploring Chicago.

In his descriptive December 2018 letter to the Board, Philip expresses his “thanks for supporting [him] and [his} education at the University of Chicago.”

The Board in turn appreciates Philip’s outstanding work and his letter of appreciation.

You can find Phillip in some of the group pictures below from 2017 and 2016.


Friends of Southwest DC funded three $1500 scholarships for the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly’s Education and Scholarship Task Force. FOS scholarships were awarded to Samantha Anderson, Dannielle Crutchfield, and Caitlin Whitter.

       FOS board members with scholarship recipients Dannielle Crutchfield (1st row,2nd from left)
       Samantha Anderson (2nd row,2nd from right),and 2016 FOS scholarship recipients Asha Marshall
       (1st row,2nd from right)and Phillip O'Sullivan(2nd row,1st on right) and other 2017 SWNA 
       scholarship recipients.



On Sunday, July 10, the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly’s (SWNA’s) Education and Scholarship Task Force (ESTF) awarded 17 Southwest youths with college scholarships. FOS funded the $1500 scholarships for Asha Marshall, a Junior at Radford University in Virginia, and Phillip O’Sullivan , a Freshman at the University of Chicago.


 2016-17 SWNA scholarship recipients        Note from Phillip       Phillip with FOS board members 




      2015 SWNA scholarship recipients        Tiffany Livingston (center) with FOS board members
  (Tiffany & Kiana are 2nd & 3rd from left)


In 2015, Friends of Southwest DC once again sponsored two college scholarships awarded by the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA) Youth Activities Task Force.

Tiffany Livingston will be studying Strategic Communications at Hampton University this fall. She graduated from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School this past spring. Tiffany is currently a member of the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society, along with the Math Honor Society.  She is also a member of the Young Leaders Club. After college, she would like to pursue a master’s degree and eventually work at a PR firm. 

Kiana Livingston will be studying creative writing at SUNY Purchase College this fall. She is a 2015 graduate of School Without Walls High School. Kiana enjoys writing, reading, singing, and acting. She currently works for a nonprofit organization working with the youth in Washington, DC and has launched her own social media campaign promoting health. After graduation, Kiana plans to obtain her master’s degree at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts Writing for Screen and Television along with publishing her own manuscripts.

Photos courtesy of Perry Klein


Link to Southwester article about the students who received scholarships sponsored by Friends of Southwest DC in 2014


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