Category Archives: Scholars

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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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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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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