Scholars to College

Serving students in grades 9-12

Scholars to College ensures that high school students challenge themselves academically and personally and explore their unique leadership potential, ultimately becoming high school seniors who are scholarship-eligible, college-ready, and admissible to their best-fit colleges and universities.

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Scholars to College is a free, cohort-model college readiness program serving high school students in grades 9-12. The program is designed to assist ambitious, academically-focused, and underrepresented first-generation students from Durham County and prepare them for success at selective four-year colleges and universities. Through weekly small group instruction, one-on-one guidance from a dedicated College Readiness Counselor, and summer enrichment opportunities, students receive holistic support in the areas of college planning, personal management and leadership, academic skill development and career exploration. To date, nearly 100% of our Scholars to College graduates have been accepted to college.


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Impact

The Class of 2020 had an average college acceptance rate of
88 %
85 %
of juniors are meeting ACT benchmarks in English and math compared to 59% (English) and 39% (math) of their peers nationally
On average, the Class of 2020 has
77 %
of first-year college costs covered by grants and scholarships

Meet the Scholars to College Team

Camille Wilson

Director of College Readiness
cwilson@emilyk.org
919-680-0308 x2004

Camille first joined the Emily K Center in 2013 as a curriculum specialist. Since then, she has held a variety of roles at the Center and currently serves as Director of College Readiness. Camille earned her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.A. in school counseling from North Carolina Central University.

Favorite Late-Night College Snack: Cool Ranch Doritos
Best Advice Received About Education: Education is one of the very few things that once you earn and own, no one can take away. No matter what else you do, earn your education.

Joshua Crump

College Readiness Counselor, Class of 2025
jcrump@emilyk.org
919-680-0308

Joshua joined the Emily K Center in 2021 as a college readiness counselor. In this role, Joshua works closely with students in our 2025 Scholars to College cohort. A proud North Carolina Central University Eagle, Joshua earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the school.

Favorite book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Favorite college course: Diversity and Family Transition

MaKayla Leak

College Readiness Counselor, Class of 2023
mleak@emilyk.org
919-680-0308 x2005

MaKayla joined the Center in 2019 and currently serves as a college readiness counselor for the Class of 2023. She earned her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Favorite late-night college snack: Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos
Favorite college course: Social Anthropology

Taylor Springs

Lead College Readiness Counselor, Class of 2022
tsprings@emilyk.org
919-680-0308 x2005

Taylor came to the Emily K Center in 2019. After successfully seeing the Class of 2021 off to college, she is now working as the college readiness counselor for the Class of 2022. She earned her B.A. and MPA from North Carolina State University.

Favorite book: The Count of Monte Cristo
Favorite school supply: Pens!

Jessica Trujillo Cordero

College Readiness Counselor, Class of 2024
jtrujillocordero@emilyk.org
919-680-0308

Jessica joined the Emily K Center team in the summer of 2021. Serving as a college readiness counselor for the Class of 2024, Jessica works closely with this cohort of Scholars to College students as they work toward their educational goals. Jessica earned her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Favorite late-night college snack: Hot Cheetos
Favorite school supply: A fresh, new planner!

Shanice Green

Scholars to College Program Assistant
sgreen@emilyk.org
919-680-0308

Shanice joined the Emily K Center in September of 2021, serving as our Scholars to College program assistant. Shanice earned her undergraduate degree from North Carolina Central University and received her M.Ed. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Favorite school supply: Colorful pens
Favorite late-night college snack: Peanut M&Ms


Volunteer With Scholars to College

Scholars to College subject area tutors work with our high school students in a one-on-one setting in a variety of subjects, with the greatest need in math and the sciences. Volunteers in this role have expertise in a subject area relevant to high school coursework and experience tutoring or teaching. The time commitment is generally one hour per week during after-school or early evening hours, depending on student schedules. Once matched, tutors and students are asked to commit to these one-hour, weekly sessions for the duration of the student’s semester.

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Student Spotlight

Meet Oyinkan and Oyinda, Class of 2020

Twins Oyinkan and Oyinda first came to the Emily K Center as elementary school students in our Pioneer Scholars program and recently graduated with the Class of 2020. During her time at the Center, Oyinkan was involved with the National Honors Society and had an internship with Duke University Hospital. Oyinda took full advantage of the summer enrichment activities available to her during her time in Scholars to College, including a summer immersion program at Wake Forest University which allowed her to learn more about a career in medicine. Both Oyinkan and Oyinda are currently enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill and now participate in our Scholars on Campus program. Oyinda recently shared, “My past ten years at the Center have shaped me into who I am today.”