Student U walks with students and families from sixth grade through college, providing holistic support at each step along the way. We believe that education plays a critical role in giving our students the tools and opportunities they need to activate their agency.
We know that as a result of structural racism, poverty, and other systemic injustices, first-generation college-bound students face significant personal and institutional obstacles to educational success. This situation prevents our community from reaching its full potential. We believe our students are powerful, and that this power will help us realize a Durham where all students can succeed.
We are committed to walking with our students and their parents on their journey through college and beyond to reach our ultimate goal. Students are nominated as fifth graders by Durham Public School guidance counselors, teachers, and community members to apply for Student U. Students are selected through a lottery to become the newest dreamers. Students who are rising sixth graders who will be first in their families to attend college and/or students who qualify for free or reduced lunch should apply.