Who We Are


In Loving Memory of William O’Neal Lockridge

The William O. Lockridge Community Foundation was established shortly after William’s passing in January 2011 not only in his memory, but more importantly, as a community vehicle that will keep his legacy alive. William taught in the DC Public School system for 15 years, and served as a member of the DC Board of Education, later the State Board of Education, for more than 20 years. He was passionate about the importance of education in today’s society; specifically, education equality in Wards 7 and 8.
Our Mission
The William O. Lockridge Community Foundation, founded in 2011, is a non-profit organization located in Southeast Washington, D.C. The Foundation promotes access to higher education to students in Wards 7 and 8 by offering scholarships, transportation assistance to college and international travel.
Standing Committees
Program Development and Scholarship Committee
Communications and Marketing Committee
Finance Committee
Fundraising Committee
Events Committee


Emergency Student Assistance Fund
The purpose of this fund is to assist students with educational costs during times of emergencies or unexpected financial needs.

International Ambassadors Program
The goal of the International Ambassador Program is to give students an opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation that international travel can bridge the gap to learning by experiencing other cultures and fostering critical thinking. American Students share stories on attending school and growing up in America and in turn they will hear similar stories from the native students. They will also visit villages and participate in a host of cultural and social activities during the visit. A key component of the visit will include planned volunteer activities in which the American students will have the opportunity to give back by planting crops, tutoring, and other volunteer activities.

Scholarship Opportunities
The purpose of the scholarship program is to provide financial aid to DC Public School graduating seniorinterested in pursuing post-high school course of study at either a college/university or other postsecondary institution.

Transportation Assistance Fund
The purpose of this fund is to assist students with transportation costs during times of emergencies or unexpected financial needs.


Dancing with the Scholars
The Foundation’s signature fundraiser. Students for Ballou, Woodson and Anacostia high schools dance with State Board of Education elected representatives to compete for the “William O. Lockridge Spread Your Wings Award”. A judging panel, comprised of Washington DC elected officials, determines the winning student and representative.

Ward 8 Play Day
The Foundation participates in the annual “Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play”. Nickelodeon turns off it programs and goes dark so kids can get up, get out, and play. All you have to is play.