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Pioneer Scholars Program Now Accepting Applications for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

The Emily K Center is excited to announce that its Pioneer Scholars program is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please note that the application deadline is Tuesday, April 30, 2019. 

If you are interested in learning more about the program, please consider joining us for a Prospective Family Information Session on either April 8 or April 15 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. You will have the opportunity to speak with program staff, as well as take a tour of the Center. Please e-mail Nephitearya Bailey with any questions.

About Pioneer Scholars
Pioneer Scholars is an after school college readiness program for academically-focused elementary and middle school students who want to attend college after high school. The program is designed specifically for students who are performing at or above grade level benchmarks and whose family income falls within federal low income eligibility guidelines. Students attend programming at the Center immediately after school until 5:30 pm Monday through Friday throughout the school year. During the program, each student is assigned a Lead Tutor (a certified teacher) who develops an individualized curriculum that enhances students’ academic knowledge, reinforces their achievement in school, and develops their orientation toward college. The goal of the program is to establish a strong foundation of academic and leadership skills so that students enter high school ready to complete a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum. There is no cost to participate in this program.

Who Is Eligible?
Students must reside and attend school in Durham County, NC and demonstrate financial need as evidenced by submitting a copy of their most recent income tax return (2017 or 2018) with sensitive information removed to verify their income levels demonstrate financial need according to federal income guidelines. Families may check for eligibility using this guide: English | Español.

A Typical Scholar
Students who are a good fit and typically succeed in Pioneer Scholars are academically-capable, self-motivated, and invested in their success in school. Students maintain grades of “A/4” and/or “B/3” in school while working at or above their grade level. In addition, students are intellectually curious, responsible for their own learning, able to work collaboratively with peers, are involved, positive members of their school communities, and have parent support toward the goal of graduating from a four-year college.

Application Information

Qualifying families may access the application through the following links:

Printable Elementary Application in English

Printable Middle School Application in English

Printable Elementary Application in Spanish

Printable Middle School Application in Spanish

Online Teacher Recommendation Form

Online Community/ Non-Teacher Recommendation Form (Rising 6th grade applicants only)

Please return completed, printed applications to:
The Emily K Center
Pioneer Scholars Program 
Attn: Nephitearya Bailey 
904 W Chapel Hill St 
Durham, NC 27701

Please contact Nephitearya Bailey, associate director of elementary and middle school programming, at or 919-680-0308.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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