eNewsletter July 2017

Join Our Photo Contest on July 24 #PHILLIPSTurns50

PHILLIPS Annual Report

PHILLIPS 2015 - 2016 Annual Report is now available!  To read this year's report visit our website to learn more.

Donate Your Old Car to Support PHILLIPS!

You can complete the donation form online or call 1-855-CAR-GIVE (1-855-227-4483) and one of our friendly operators will assist you.

Volunteer with PHILLIPS!

Whether you help as an individual or through your company, we welcome your involvement.

Contact Debi Alexander, Director,  Development at 703-941-8810.

The High Cost of Living Expenses Can Be a Barrier to College Success

According to a 2017 Institute for Research on Poverty report on Financial Barriers to College Completion, “Tuition is not the only cost consideration when it comes to college completion. Other parts of the cost of attendance, including living costs, transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses make up between 50% and 80% of the cost. As a result, low-income students can be faced with making difficult financial choices. For example, tight finances among low-income students can lead them to sacrifice food and housing in order to stay in school. Estimates from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) indicate that some 58,000 U.S. college students are homeless.”

Davontae Needs Our Help!

Myrna Cardin presenting scholarship

Myrna Cardin presenting scholarship

Davontae, pictured with Myrna Cardin awarding him a scholarship, enrolled at PHILLIPS School ~ Laurel in eighth grade, a youth who was having difficulty making appropriate decisions that were in his best interest. One of our speakers at our gala this past April, upon his graduation from high school Davontae is a first-generation college attendee! He will be attending Virginia State, a historically black state university.

This summer he participated in orientation and met his roommate! Davontae is filled with anticipation and he is working very hard to save for his expenses. However, college costs are exorbitant.  He needs an iPad to access his accommodations. He also needs to outfit his dorm room with basics such as bedding, a microwave for those late night study sessions and and school supplies.  He also needs clothing.  Davontae’s stellar record and impressive upward trajectory has led to his earning several scholarships including: the Boys and Girls Club for $1500, the Cardin scholarship for $1500 and the E. Lakin Phillips Memorial scholarship for $1500! While these scholarships are terrific, nevertheless he still has needs.

Please click the button below and watch the Davontae’s presentation in front of almost 400 attendees at our 2017 gala. I hope that you are inspired by his words, drive and determination to be a success.


Davontae has overcome many challenges in his life. He is one of PHILLIPS success stories, but he still has a long journey before his story is complete.

Please consider a gift today to help us provide him with the basics for his dorm room and the iPad that is an essential tool to ensure his success!

  • A gift of $100 purchases a text book
  • A gift of $500 provisions his room
  • A gift of $1,000 supplies his iPad and apps
  • A gift of $5,000 covers his remaining expenses

Virginia State University Expenses:

  • Tuition:  $8,472 X
  • Room & Board:  $10,525  X
  • Other Fees: $3,204 X
  • iPad, printer, and software = $1,500
  • DBooks & Supplies:  $1,300
  • Dorm Room Expenses (Loft rental, microwave, desk lamp, calculator, shower caddy & toiletries, laundry supplies, refrigerator, bedding, school clothes) = $2,200

Total Needed: $5,000


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PHILLIPS has been providing quality special education & comprehensive support services throughout DC-MD-VA for 50 years! Since we will be blowing out 50 candles, we want to invite you to join our celebration.

Beginning on JULY 24th for a week, enjoy a discounted celebratory cupcake* at Cupcakes Actually in Fairfax, VA, and take a photo of you blowing out a candle and making a wish. Or you can blow out a candle to celebrate #PHILLIPSTurns50 anywhere and post that photo. Get creative!

POST as many photos of you celebrating our birthday as you wish on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram using the hashtag: #PHILLIPSTurns50

Your picture (s) will be posted in a gallery on PHILLIPS Facebook page where people can vote on their favorite picture.

The photo with the most votes will win a Nikon digital camera! You may enter more than one photo.

Contest starts July 24, 2017 and ends July 31, 2017.


*One per customer