Achieving What’s Possible

9th Annual Collegiate Directions, Inc. Spring Benefit

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Eric Holder, Jr.,

82nd Attorney General of the U.S.

The Four Seasons, Georgetown Thursday, May 2, 2019


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You are invited to join us at the 9th Annual Collegiate Directions, Inc. Spring Benefit as we celebrate our accomplishments, honor our past, and look forward to an exciting 2019.

Throughout the year the CDI team works tirelessly to provide a successful pathway to college graduation for low-income, first-generation-to-college students who face unique economic and educational obstacles. Our Scholars Program gives these bright, motivated high school students the chance to create a life of opportunity through a unique, six-year, comprehensive support program from 11th grade through college graduation. Since 2005, 100% of CDI Scholars have been admitted to selective four-year colleges and universities. Most importantly, our Scholars have posted an incredible 97% college graduation rate, compared to the national average of 11% for their peers with similar demographic profiles.

The Spring Benefit, which also includes cocktails as well as a silent auction, promises to be a special, informative, and entertaining evening. All money raised will be used to help even more deserving Scholars reach their academic goals, graduate from college, and achieve what’s possible!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Honorable Eric Holder, Jr.,

82nd Attorney General of the U.S.

6 pm Cocktails — 7 pm Dinner

The Four Seasons, Georgetown

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20007

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icon-cap-diplomaOnly 11% 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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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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