The Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund (DSEF) is a non- profit 501(c)3 organization founded in March of 2007. This organization was created in memory of Dinerral Shavers, an educator, musician, entrepreneur, and New Orleans Civil Sheriff who was brutally murdered in December of 2006.

DSEF has assisted thousands of New Orleans citizens and in turn gained a massive following.
DSEF has hosted many programs and initiatives to promote youth empowerment, community development, and enhanced educational opportunities in the city of New Orleans. In addition to its annual Scholarship Essay Contest, Back to School Extravaganza, Operation Giveback and College Tours, DSEF has plans to continue to implement new programs and initiatives each year.

Dinerral Shavers’ story and the notable works of this organization have been featured on 48 Hours Mystery’s Storm of Murder, CNN’s One Crime at a Time, Spike Lee’s documentaries When the Levees Broke and If God is Willing: a Requiem of Four Acts, and most recently the 2nd season of HBO’s hit series Treme’.


The mission of the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund is to fulfill Dinerral Shavers’ legacy by continuing to open doors and award opportunities to the youth of New Orleans; And To give back to our city through service by sponsoring community based activities and engaging in Anti- Violence initiatives which will in turn make our city a safer, better, and more enjoyable place to live.

To create a better community, a safer city,
and adequate opportunities for the youth of New Orleans;
while also promoting music, art, and education
in an effort to amalgamate New Orleans’ inimitable culture.

The purpose of DSEF is to become an active force in the New Orleans community
by creating life change opportunities that will positively teach
New Orleans youth a genuine appreciation for the city’s deep and inimitable culture.
We help students discover their divine purpose in life
and to embody the confidence needed to defeat their fears and achieve their dreams.
DSEF also aims to counter the culture of violence by awarding New Orleans
youth with opportunities through scholarships, education, arts, music, and culture.