Scholar Snapshot

The Collegiate Directions Scholars Program was created to provide one-on-one guidance for driven, first-generation students from low-income families.




Meet Myrabel!

CDI ’16


Political Science and Sociology — Double Major

Myrabel is one of three recipients of the Al Neely Scholarship, established in 2011 to honor the memory of Al Neely (1945-2010), a loyal CDI supporter, and his wife, Dr. Carla Elliott-Neely, a former CDI Trustee. The Al Neely Scholarships are awarded to deserving college sophomores, juniors, and seniors each year to allow them to participate in prestigious internships or summer programs.

What career field do you plan to enter after college?

I plan to work in the areas of law and public policy, and with nonprofit organizations.

What organization did you intern for?

Collegiate Directions, Inc.

What were some of the duties you performed during your internship?

I managed and entered information on scholarships, enrichment programs, etc. into the organization’s various databases. In addition to conducting various administrative tasks, I organized a photo archive and conducted education policy research.

How would you describe your overall internship experience?

I had a great time interning for CDI. I learned a lot about nonprofit organizations and how an education management nonprofit runs. I also gained insight into education policy through a research project on the Higher Education Act reauthorization and how policy on the federal level affects students and universities. I think the internship made me more mature and helped me learn the kind of work environment I like, as well as how to best maximize my time while working for an organization.


Meet Beteley!

Goucher College ’19

History — Major

Afrikana and Legal Studies — Double Minor

Goucher College, Class of 2019

BA History, Afrikana and Legal Studies Double Minor

How CDI Helped in High School:

“CDI quickly became my support system and then they became my family. CDI was always there for me. They were my older sibling, my second parent. They were just always there.”

On Succeeding in College:

“The one thing I didn’t realize I would need in college is someone to be there to listen to me. After my freshman year, my financial aid decreased and I was not going to be able to afford to attend Goucher. CDI was there for me throughout. They took me through the financial aid appeal process, they simply wouldn’t let me go through it on my own. They kept my head in the right place.”

Why CDI is Special:

“With CDI it’s not just about my academics and it’s not just about financial aid— it’s about me as a person. It’s about making sure I’m mentally and physically well. That’s what makes this organization so different and what has impacted my life so much. They are constantly pushing you, and constantly there to pick you up.”

A Lasting Connection:

“I am so grateful. If it wasn’t for CDI, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am proud to be a part of CDI. I am proud to know that there’s an organization out there that has my back. It’s inspired me to have the same impact when I begin my career and influenced my decision to attend law school. I want to impact people the same way I’ve been impacted.”

What’s Next after College:

Beteley Plans to take the LSAT next year and enroll in law school after graduation.

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