Scholars to College

Scholars to College ensures that high school students challenge themselves academically and personally and become graduating seniors who are scholarship-eligible and college-ready.

Program Description

Scholars to College serves students in ninth through twelfth grades. During the school year, students participate in weekly small group instruction and one-on-one guidance by a dedicated College Counselor. Over the summer, students are engaged in academic, leadership, and career-related enrichment activities. Students receive holistic support in the areas of college planning, personal management and leadership, academic skill development, and career exploration throughout their high school years. In addition, parent empowerment sessions are held for families so that they are well prepared to support their students. 

Scholars to College students have access to a variety of opportunities and resources in areas critical to successful college readiness: leadership training, financial literacy development, STEM enrichment activities, public speaking, SAT/ACT preparation, and financial support for summer and enrichment programs. This comprehensive and individualized approach ensures that students attain exceptional achievement throughout high school, ultimately putting them in a strong position to gain admission and attend a college or university that is the right fit for them. 

Eligibility & Application Process

Rising 9th graders who reside in Durham County with demonstrated financial need are eligible to apply. Students are often referred to the Center through nominations from school staff, community members, and various community agencies. Families are also welcome to ‘self-nominate’ their student(s).

Academically focused students with robust family support are considered strong candidates. Additionally, students must demonstrate personal character, work ethic, and integrity as evidenced by teacher recommendations, personal statements, and an interview process.

Applications are distributed at an Open House each Spring for the following school year.

Application Information for the Class of 2024

Families may check for eligibility using this guide: English | Español

Qualifying families may access the application through the following links:

Printable Application in English

Printable Application in Spanish

Online Teacher Evaluation Form


Application Deadline: Thursday, March 19, 2020**

**We understand that students applying to Scholars to College will not be able to access supporting documents for their applications due to school closures. The original deadline for applications was Thursday, March 19th, however, due to school and community closures, late applications will not be penalized

Beginning on Thursday, March 26th, the Emily K Center will be closed to staff, students, and visitors. Due to the building closure, applications for Pioneer Scholars or Scholars to College may now be submitted via mail or e-mail only.  

Mail applications to:
Emily K Center
Att: Camille Wilson
904 W. Chapel Hill St
Durham, NC 27701

E-mail applications to:
Allison Noel at 

904 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham, NC 27701, 919-680-0308, and
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