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.


Scholars to College Open House Events Scheduled for February 19 and 20

The Emily K Center is excited to announce two Open House events for prospective students and families interested in our Scholars to College program. The first Open House will be on Wednesday, February 19th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The second will be held on Thursday, February 20th, also from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Both events will be held at the Emily K Center located at 904 W. Chapel Hill Street in Durham. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP here by February 17th so we can plan for your attendance. Questions? Please reach out to Camille Wilson at

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