From standardized tests to financial aid forms to countless campus visits, the transition to college can be daunting for anyone. For low-income, first-generation-to-college scholars, the challenges are even greater. Collegiate Directions, Inc helps students meet those challenges head-on. Partnering with six Montgomery County schools and one DC public charter school, CDI selects high-achieving, low-income 11th graders and provides academic, emotional, and social support from the start of the application process right to college graduation. With comprehensive college counseling, individualized tutoring and test prep, and one-on-one work to match students with the right colleges and negotiate aid packages, CDI positions its scholars both to attend, and graduate from, selective four-year schools Ė a unique six-year commitment. Since 2008, CDIís classes have posted a 100% college acceptance rate and received an average of $30,000 in financial aid and merit awards per student. Your contribution supports 165 high school and college scholars, and creates a model college advising system that can be replicated for even greater impact. Think of the possibilities.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; MD-Montgomery County

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; ; Low- to Moderate-Income

Schools They Work In: Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS); Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, MD; John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, MD; Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, MD; Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, MD; Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, MD; Wheaton High School in Silver Spring, MD; EL Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.

Awards & Recognition

100% of CDI's high school Scholars have been accepted to 4-year colleges or universities

CDI's former Executive Director, Theresa Atta, received the Marion Flagg Award from Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admissions Counseling in 2007

CDI's Counselor, Ana Hilton (now Director of Programs), received the Marion Flagg Award from Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admissions Counseling in 2008


Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Collegiate Directions, Inc is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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