The fifth-graders in a Prince George’s County elementary school who were offered free college tuition in 1988 have followed varied paths: One became a cop; another a drug dealer. One killed herself; another killed his father. The group also includes a doctor, cellist, politician and UPS driver.
June 11, 2011William Smith, who lost his ability to walk after being stabbed multiple times in a dance club when he was a teenager, sits outside his apartment in District public housing.Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post
FIRST IN A SERIES | Two decades ago, fifth-graders at Seat Pleasant Elementary became part of an ambitious social experiment aimed at lifting them out of poverty with college scholarships. Did it work?