Category Archives: News

Local Resources for Scholars and Families

Below is a list of local resources you may find useful during this evolving emergency state: FOOD ASSISTANCE: Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS): Children Up to 18 years old may come to any of these locations Monday Through Friday to receive a nutritious meal. No appointment is necessary. Meals will be provided in a Grab-and-Go format. Meals will be available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.  Elementary Schools Arcola 1820 Franwall Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20902 Captain James Daly 20301 Brandermill Dr. Germantown, MD 20876 Harmony Hill 13407 Lydia St. Silver Spring, MD 20906 Jackson Road 900 Jackson Rd….

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Ready for the World and Workforce

In 2019 CDI launched our Career Mentoring Initiative to help Scholars in college and beyond focus on career coaching and access workforce opportunities through experiential learning and connections with accomplished professionals in their chosen fields. The initiative helps introduce students to eight core competencies employers are seeking in The initiative has proven mutually beneficial to Scholars like Darwin and his mentor, Jobani, both of whom have gained from their participation. Darwin (Scholar)School: American UniversityExpected Graduation: May 2020Major: Finance 1. What career are you interested in pursuing and why? I’m interested in pursuing a career in investment banking or management consulting. I…

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Giving Tuesday 2019

“Great wisdom is generous” – Chuang Tzu Each day at CDI our counselors and staff work tirelessly to provide our Scholars with the tools, training, and support to help them advance on the path to a college degree. From test preparation, admissions counseling, and application assistance, to leadership training, study skills workshops, and mental health counseling, CDI works closely with Scholars, empowering them to reach their academic goals, graduate from college, and achieve what’s possible. On this Giving Tuesday, we are asking you to assist our college-bound Scholars by providing one tip for college success. These collected words of wisdom…

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Advocacy on supporting 1st generation college students

Collegiate Directions, Inc. Celebrates Education and Achievement at Annual Spring Benefit

More than 230 people were in attendance May 2 at the Collegiate Directions, Inc. 9th Annual Spring Benefit. The festive event, held at the Four Seasons, Georgetown, raised money to support CDI’s programs that help low-income, first-generation-to-college students apply to, get accepted to, and graduate from college. The evening began with cocktails and a silent auction, featuring dozens of items including MLB, NFL, and NBA tickets, fabulous jewelry, luxurious hotel stays, and more. Following the auction, Kevin Rivas, a member of the CDI class of 2007, thanked CDI’s corporate sponsors: Lockheed Martin, Wells Fargo Advisors, Marshfield Associates, TTR Sotheby’s International…

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Scholar-to-Scholar

Annual Service Project Supports Students In West Africa It’s no secret that CDI Scholars are dedicated, hard-working students who spend more than half of their high school careers working with our counselors and tutors to gain access and admission to highly selective colleges and universities. But even with all of the pressures and challenges that come with being first-generation-to-college students navigating their paths to college graduation, the 2020 class of CDI Scholars found time to donate their creativity and abounding energy to lend a helping hand to students on the other side of the globe. More than 4,500 miles from…

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College options and the conventional wisdom trap

  For many low-income students, seemingly practical choices are likely to spell disaster and permanently derail their dreams of obtaining a college degree. As the cost of attending college continues to rise, paying for college is presenting an even greater challenge for a growing number of students and their families. But for middle to low-income households, the problem is particularly acute as they search for a path through the maze of college financing options that avoids, or at least minimizes, the crushing debt from student loans that can slow their new college graduate’s upward economic mobility. A recent article in…

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Defining the Cost of College

Study shows how confusing, misleading financial aid information can lead to unanticipated costs. For a large segment of high school graduates and their families cost is the primary determining factor in choosing a college, making the assessment of financial aid offerings a critical decision. Typically, information regarding the amount and type of financial aid a student will receive arrives after they are notified that they have been accepted to a particular college. With financial aid award packages in-hand students and families must then sort through their options to arrive at a final selection that is the best financial and academic…

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CDI’s Board of Directors Welcomes New President

Dear Friends of CDI, CDI’s Board of Directors 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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Cooke College Scholarship

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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