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Friend Connection DC 2023 Scholarship Recipients

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Diya Bardwell is a graduate of Basis DC High School and will attending Syracuse University Honors fall of 2024 pursuing a bachelor's degree in Citizenship & Civic Engagement and Policy Studies.

Diya's favorite quote is: "The greatest glory in living is not in falling, but in rising every time we fall" - Nelson Mandela

Diya Bardwell

Friend Connection

A non-profit 501 (c)(3) Organization

Friend Connection DC was founded in 2018 to support District of Columbia students. Our goal is to provide tools and resources to High School students to prepare them for college as they embark on their new journey of higher education.


This is accomplished by students investing time and dedication in preparing for their tomorrow, and by Friend Connection DC being an active and supportive resource for information on: 

  • Cost-effective resources that can be used for higher education academic planning

  • School selections, scholarships, and processes

  • Understanding financial obligations of attending college

  • The college experience

  • Career paths


Core Values

  • Respect –We treat others how we would want to be treated

  • Teamwork –We all succeed together

  • Integrity – Honesty and humility are centered around our thoughts, words, and actions

  • Growth –We commit to continuous improvement through maximizing educational resources and personal and academic development

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