We’re investing in the future, one student at a time.

 The CDI Scholars Program gives  bright, motivated high school students the chance to create a life of opportunity.


A college graduate is more likely to be employed, in good health, involved in the community, and able to contribute to government services and social insurance programs.

But for low-income, first-generation students, the path to a college degree is daunting. These students are often unfamiliar with the college application process and unaware of the availability of financial aid—many assume that college is not an option.

The CDI Scholars Program gives these bright, motivated high school students the chance to create a life of opportunity. From test preparation and admissions counseling to leadership training and study skills, we help our Scholars reach their academic dreams. CDI works closely with Scholars for over six years, empowering them to reach their goals and graduate from college

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icon-cap-diplomaOnly 9% of low-income students enrolled in college will graduate.

icon-college97% of CDI Scholars graduate from college, and the majority of them are employed in their field or moving on to a graduate program.


43% of students who grow up in poverty remain in poverty as an adult. A college education is correlated with higher lifetime earnings, economic security, and general wellbeing.

Julia Ngoc Nguyen

Julia moved from Vietnam to the United States when she was 10 years old. She was bullied in school and told she would end up working in a nail salon.  With the assistance of CDI and our amazing donors, Julia graduated from Goucher College with a double major in biochemistry and molecular biology. In 2015, she began working as a clinical research assistant at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine.

“CDI basically opened up my mind to new possibility and perspectives…Because of CDI, the person that I am today is more open-minded and unafraid to explore uncharted territories.”

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You can help students like Julia!

Donations to the CDI Scholars Program are what make these life-changing opportunities possible.

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By 2020, 65% of jobs will require post-secondary education or training beyond high school.

The six-plus years we spend with every CDI Scholar—from 10th grade through college graduation—are the beginning of a journey that we are honored to be a part of.

The success rate of our Scholars is nothing short of spectacular, and we couldn’t do it without the support and caring of our sponsors. If you’d like to join the CDI family and become a part of changing young lives, please get in touch with our team. We’d love the chance to show you the impact you can make.

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