Every year, we help make dreams a reality

The CDI Scholars Program creates new paths for college success.

CDI Scholars are on a journey that leads to greater opportunity.

The Collegiate Directions Scholars Program was created to provide one-on-one guidance for driven, first-generation students from low-income families. From sophomore year of high school through the end of college, our Scholars are empowered to follow the path to a college degree through tutoring and test preparation, application and financial aid assistance, college selection support, and more. We work closely with Scholars for over six years, helping them with the transition from high school to campus life and ensuring that they make the most of their college experience.

Who are CDI Scholars?

CDI currently works closely with seven partner high schools in Montgomery County, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Each year we take up to 50 Scholars, chosen from our partner schools. Students must meet specific criteria in order to be eligible for the Scholars Program:

  • Be a sophomore at a participating high school
  • On track to be academically prepared for college-level coursework
  • Carry a minimum academic GPA of 2.6 (unweighted, 4.0 scale)
  • Family is classified as low-income (eligible for free and reduced school meals)
  • First generation in their family to attend college
  • Motivated and dedicated to education and personal growth



CDI begins recruiting at partner high schools in the late fall of every school year, and Scholars are chosen in the spring. You can contact your school counselor for information about when recruitment begins at your school.