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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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