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Student U Student Application

Our application process starts in October 2019. Applications will be distributed to schools and will also be available to download on our website. Student U can also provide paper applications to families by mail. The application deadline for 2018 has passed.

Creative Arts Mentorship with the Durham Arts Guild

The Creative Mentorship Program is a partnership between Student U and the Durham Art Guild, enables students to develop their artistic ability and unique creative voice. This 20-week program gives students the opportunity to develop their artistic skills under the mentorship of a local artist, participate in monthly field trips to arts organizations and museums in the area. The program culminates in a collaborative exhibit of student work at the Room 100 Gallery at Golden Belt Art Studios. Student participants may work in a variety of media including, but not limited to, painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, graphic design, sculpture and fiber arts (sewing, knitting, and weaving).

Past art experience is not required. All high school students with an interest in the program and the visual arts are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. Good candidates will be able to express their interest in the arts and their commitment to the program. We select 5 Student U students to participate. 

To Apply: Paper application sent to Bettina Umstead at or dropped off at the WG Pearson Building, 600 East Umstead Street, Durham, 27701.

If you have any questions, comments and/or concerns, please contact Ms. Bettina at Bettina.Umstead@StudentUDurham.orgor call her directly at 919-813-0294 with any questions.


Student U Leadership Fellowship: Promise Keepers for College Persistence

The Leadership Fellowship begins in May 2019 and will last through May 2020. This program also intends to strengthen bonds between Student U college students and establish strong systems for accountability for incoming freshmen.

Fellows will be trained and supported throughout the duration of the year in order to be effective support for College Promise program freshmen.

How to Apply: The deadline is February 25th by midnight. A complete application will include a resume and 1 letter of recommendation to