You have the power to change lives

The CDI Scholars Program gives students the opportunity of a lifetime.


We’re building better futures for students. Would you like to be a part of it?

The Collegiate Directions Scholars Program truly changes lives. Our Scholars receive countless hours of tutoring and college counseling, admissions guidance, continued support through college, and more—completely free of cost to them. These are students who thought that college was only a dream, and are now going on to graduate and begin professional careers.

None of this would be possible without the help of our amazing donors. The support we receive for the Scholars Program makes it possible for these students to reach for opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have. The positive effects this has on students, their families, and the communities they live in are humbling and gratifying.

Would you like to learn more about how you can support the CDI Scholars Program? Get in touch with one of our team members; they would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you for considering this wonderful chance to make college graduation happen for CDI Scholars!

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Mauricio Novoa

Wheaton High School, Class of 2010
Gettysburg College, Class of 2014

“As far as I knew, I couldn’t afford to go to college anyway because we didn’t have any money.”

Read Mauricio’s Story


Merab Okeyo

Walter Johnson High School, Class of 2007
University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Nursing, Class of 2012

“I knew that … everyone at CDI was willing to go the extra mile to help me. I could not have done this by myself.”

Read Merab’s Story


Wendy Ayala

Wheaton High School, Class of 2011
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Class of 2015

“No one in my family had gone to college and I had the support and the opportunity to go. The staff made me feel like they were happy to have me.”

Read Wendy’s Story

Our Results

97% of our Scholars will complete college in six years—most will do so in four.
Our Scholars have been accepted at more than 230 selective colleges and universities across the country.
Our Scholars receive an average of $30,000 in grants and scholarships for their freshman year.

The CDI Scholars Program is unique in its depth and breadth, providing a comprehensive and consistent experience for each student. This level of attention creates extraordinary results: 97% of our Scholars will complete college in six years—most will do so in four. Nationally, only 9% of their low-income peers who enroll in college graduate within six years.

Our Scholars have been accepted at more than 230 selective colleges and universities across the country, and receive an average of $30,000 in grants and scholarships for their freshman year. Today, CDI alumni can be found working for a range of organizations, including Google, Teach for America, and the Department of State.

How It Works


Collegiate Directions has developed a smart, effective model of outreach for first-generation, low-income students who aspire to graduate from college. The current Scholars Program provides a wealth of assistance and fosters a great deal of academic collaboration including:

  • Support for Students and Families
  • Partnership with High Schools and Community Programs
  • Collaboration with Colleges

Learn more about our program

Volunteer with CDI

CDI is seeking volunteers interested in supporting our Scholars as they complete college and move into careers. Our volunteer events are held quarterly.

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“Intelligence is in abundant supply. Ability is in abundant supply. The difference is opportunity.”
– Sanford Ungar, former president of Goucher College and CDI Trustee

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Jennifer and Timothy Adams

Sasha and Tom Adams

Alan and Amy Meltzer Family Foundation, Inc.

Sunny and William Alsup

AmazonSmile Foundation

Theresa Atta Ifogah

Sandra Baker and Geoffrey Stewart

Teresa Barger and Travis Brown

Stacy Bear and Vernon Holleman

Helen and Brendan Bechtel

Susan and Riley Bechtel

Marla and Barry Beck

Dexter Blackwell

Bhavana and J.C. Boggs

Nina and Doug Boggs

Constance Bohon

Cal Bowie and Alex Orfinger

Katherine and David Bradley

Sarah and Winthrop Brown

Jessie Brown and Chris Fanelli

Marcus Brown

Bonnie Brownell and Jeffrey Bowman

Denise and John Buchanan

Aimee and William Burck

Maria and Robert Burka

Jennifer Burka

Grace and Richard Caddell

Nancy and Robert Carr

Martha Carr

Clara and George Chopivsky

Olivia and John Davis

Stephanie and David Deutsch

Howard and Harriet Diener

Linda and John Donovan

Beth and Ronald Dozoretz

Susan and Ashley Ebersole

Carla Elliott-Neely

Ann Marie Etergino and James Paragamian

Exelon Foundation

Reginald Exum

Blair Farr and Fred Underwood

Brooke and Eddie Fernandez

Barbara and Ralph Ferrara

Kari and Timothy Fleischer

Nancy Folger

Maxine and Jeffrey Freund

Elizabeth and Michael Galvin

Geoffrey Garin

Carol and Gary Gasper

Beth Gilliam-Hertz and Dan Hertz

Marilyn and Michael Glosserman

Samantha and Justin Guilder

Kathryn and Michael Hanley

Jeni Hansen

Deborah Harmon and Robert Seder

Roy Harrison

Jessica Hertz and Chris Angell

Deborah and Alistair Jessiman

Deborah and Jeff Kaliel

Kapani Family Foundation

Catherine and Teddy Kaplan

Mary and Terence Keaney

Kathryn Kincaid and Michael Lainoff

Evelyn and Michael Kitay

Alison Kitay and Edwin Numsuwan

Mairzy and Alex Krulic

Maryanne Lavan and Larry Harris

Francoise Le Gall and Jeffrey Balkind

Alice and Michael Leiter

Christina Gungoll Lepore and John Lepore

Eve and William Lilley

Victoria and Steven Lombardo

Melissa and Tom Loughney

Carol and Eugene Ludwig

Nina and Jonathan Marks

Peggy Brady Marks and Josh Marks

Maryland Higher Education Commission

Charisse and Michael McElroy

Nancy McGovern

Ellen Meade and Robert Kahn

Judith and Richard Meltzer

Elizabeth and Kenneth Mendez

Diana Morris

Annette Nazareth and Roger Ferguson

Melanie and Lawrence Nussdorf

Deepa Ollapally and Anand Anandalingam

Jane and Thad Paul

Kara and Joseph Petrosinelli

Timothy and Rachel Pfeifer

Carolyn Pfeifer

Leah and Josh Pollack

Elise Rabekoff and Christopher Gladstone

RBC Wealth Management

Carmin Reiss and Eric Green

Andrea and John Rice

Alicia and Daniel Ritchie

Rebecca Carr Rizzo and James Rizzo

Victoria and Thomas Rollins

Juliet Ronhovde

Megan and Quinn Rounsaville

Penelope and Edward Shapiro

Zoe and Jeremy Sharp

Elizabeth Shepard and Terrence Straub

Elizabeth and Robert Shorb

Lila and Brendan Sullivan

Alanna and Ryan Temme

Tori Thomas

Talhia Tuck and Brenton Diller

Agnes Underwood

Beth and Sanford Ungar

United Bank

Toni and Lee Verstandig

Claire and Harlow Voorhees

Martha and David Webb

Christie Weiner and Richard Paisner

Elizabeth and Stephen Whisnant

Greta and Bailey Williams

*Donors are updated as of 5/25/2017