You have the power to change lives

The CDI Scholars Program gives students the opportunity of a lifetime.


We’re building better futures for students. Would you like to be a part of it?

The Collegiate Directions Scholars Program truly changes lives. Our Scholars receive countless hours of tutoring and college counseling, admissions guidance, continued support through college, and more—completely free of cost to them. These are students who thought that college was only a dream, and are now going on to graduate and begin professional careers.

None of this would be possible without the help of our amazing donors. The support we receive for the Scholars Program makes it possible for these students to reach for opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have. The positive effects this has on students, their families, and the communities they live in are humbling and gratifying.

Would you like to learn more about how you can support the CDI Scholars Program? Get in touch with one of our team members; they would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you for considering this wonderful chance to make college graduation happen for CDI Scholars!

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Mauricio Novoa

Wheaton High School, Class of 2010
Gettysburg College, Class of 2014

“As far as I knew, I couldn’t afford to go to college anyway because we didn’t have any money.”

Read Mauricio’s Story


Merab Okeyo

Walter Johnson High School, Class of 2007
University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Nursing, Class of 2012

“I knew that … everyone at CDI was willing to go the extra mile to help me. I could not have done this by myself.”

Read Merab’s Story


Wendy Ayala

Wheaton High School, Class of 2011
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Class of 2015

“No one in my family had gone to college and I had the support and the opportunity to go. The staff made me feel like they were happy to have me.”

Read Wendy’s Story

Our Results

97% of our Scholars will complete college in six years—most will do so in four.
Our Scholars have been accepted at more than 230 selective colleges and universities across the country.
Our Scholars receive an average of $30,000 in grants and scholarships for their freshman year.

The CDI Scholars Program is unique in its depth and breadth, providing a comprehensive and consistent experience for each student. This level of attention creates extraordinary results: 97% of our Scholars will complete college in six years—most will do so in four. Nationally, only 9% of their low-income peers who enroll in college graduate within six years.

Our Scholars have been accepted at more than 230 selective colleges and universities across the country, and receive an average of $30,000 in grants and scholarships for their freshman year. Today, CDI alumni can be found working for a range of organizations, including Google, Teach for America, and the Department of State.

How It Works


Collegiate Directions has developed a smart, effective model of outreach for first-generation, low-income students who aspire to graduate from college. The current Scholars Program provides a wealth of assistance and fosters a great deal of academic collaboration including:

  • Support for Students and Families
  • Partnership with High Schools and Community Programs
  • Collaboration with Colleges

Learn more about our program

Volunteer with CDI

CDI is seeking volunteers interested in supporting our Scholars as they complete college and move into careers. Our volunteer events are held quarterly.

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