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CDI’s Board of Trustees Welcomes New President

Dear Friends of CDI, CDI’s Board of Trustees is delighted to welcome our new President, Amma Felix, who joined on September 5, 2017. Amma has worked as an executive in both the higher education and K-12 spaces at the United Negro College Fund in Washington, DC and the Abyssinian Development Corporation in New York City. Her deep nonprofit management background in strategy, program operations, philanthropy and organizational development will be an asset to our work. I know that Amma wholeheartedly shares our passion to provide students with access and opportunities that will have a multiplier effect on their lives for…

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CDI Hosts College Advising Landscape Panel

On Wednesday, April 5th, Collegiate Directions, Inc. will host a panel at the Sulgrave Club in DC on the college advising landscape. The panel will discuss the challenges of college advising today, and the support that low-income, first-generation students need to succeed. It will also serve as the official launch of CDI’s new School Support Program, which will provide guidance and training to schools looking to strengthen or create their college advising office. Our panelists will be: Jennie Niles, Deputy Mayor for Education, Washington, DC – As Deputy Mayor for Education, Ms. Niles is responsible for developing and implementing the…

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Scholar Semifinalist for Cooke College Scholarship

CDI is proud to announce that Class of 2017 Scholar Heven Haile is a semifinalist for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Cooke College Scholarship, that nation’s largest scholarship. She is one of 628 semifinalists chosen from a pool of more than 5,100 applicants. CDI congratulates Heven! Money for College At CDI, we hear over and over again that the biggest barriers to our students’ success is getting money for college. Many low-income, first-generation students are intimidated by the cost of college and assume that a community college or state school are their only options. In truth, small private colleges are often more…

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Simple Steps Help Students Get to College

Barriers to a College Education We wanted to share a great article with you! The New York Times article “Text Your Way to College” talks about both the barriers to a four-year college education and some simple ways to knock those barriers down. It highlights the fact that many low-income, first-generation students don’t know how to access money for college. And even if they do receive financial aid, they are less likely to make it to campus. They can be derailed by many other challenges – including the complexities of signing up for housing, registering for classes, and filing other paperwork. Text Your…

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CDI Receives Grant: Supporting Education

Collegiate Directions, Inc. is proud to announce that we have received a grant from the Fund for Children, Youth, and Families, part of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. One of 46 Nonprofits CDI is honored to be one of just 46 nonprofits to receive a grant from the Fund for Children, Youth, and Families. These grants offer support in the areas of stable homes and families, foster care and adoption, and academic and career success. The Fund received over 270 proposals for the grants, totaling around $13 million in funding requests. CDI will receive $50,000 in support of…

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Scholar Rundell Douglas graduates from Boston College.

First-Generation Student Soars at Boston College

Like many first-generation, low-income students, Rundell Douglas believed that college might be out of reach for him. He excelled at math and science, and dreamed of studying medicine and returning to his native Guyana to improve their health care system. But he had only heard of Ivy League schools and worried about the cost of a college education. Then he became a CDI Scholar. CDI walked Rundell through the college process, helping him prepare for tests, research colleges, complete applications, and apply for financial aid. Ultimately, he attended Boston College, where he majored in biology and served as a RA. Today, he is…

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Jackie’s Story: On My Way to Realizing My Dreams

Twenty years ago, my grandfather came to the United States from El Salvador, followed soon after by my father. Growing up I heard that I was so lucky to be in America, to have this wonderful privilege, and that it was expected that I would do great things – that I would go to college and break the cycle of struggle and low-paying jobs. More than anything, I wanted to make my family proud. But as I entered high school, I realized the only colleges I knew anything about were the Ivy Leagues. I was so lost. I was lucky…

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Three Scholars Receive Gates Millennium Scholarship

The Gates Millennium Scholarship We are proud to announce that three CDI Scholars have received the Gates Millennium Scholarship, which provides college funding for low-income students of color. The scholarship is an extraordinary opportunity that includes good through graduation funding for the cost of a four-year college education, as well as leadership training, mentoring, and other supports. In some cases, Gates will also cover graduate education. The scholarship enables students to have access to higher education and opportunity, regardless of financial need. Scholarship Recipients The three Scholars receiving the Gates Millennium Scholarship are: Myrabel Gbe of Springbrook High School, who…

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CDI President Authors Powerful Op-ed

Op Ed in the Sun This week, CDI President Rachel Pfeifer authored a powerful op-ed for The Baltimore Sun. Entitled “Mount St. Mary’s Drowning Freshmen,” it discusses the controversy surrounding Mount St. Mary’s President Simon Newman. Newman proposed a plan to identify 20 to 25 struggling freshmen by September 25th and present them with the opportunity to drop out and have their tuition refunded. While this may seem like a way to save students money on the cost of college, many educators worry that this will unfairly target underrepresented and first-generation students. When the faculty objected, he said they needed to stop thinking of the students as…

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