Invest in a Durham Where All Students Succeed

We empower and equip first-generation college-going students in Durham Public Schools, their families, and educators to become the leaders that will transform our city. Your gift supports our vision for a Durham where all students succeed. Student U is a Durham nonprofit 501(C)3 organization (tax ID # 27-3460491). All donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. 


Want to speak to someone about your gift? Contact Connor Kirkfarmer, Development Director at or 704-860-6604.

Other Ways to Give

Student U is a Durham nonprofit 501(C)3 organization (tax ID # 27-3460491). All donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-814-5400. The license is not an endorsement by the State.

Your Investment In Action

Over our 11-year pipeline, we invest more than $35,300 in each brilliant student. This ensures students receive lots of academic support, tour colleges, take exciting field trips, explore career opportunities, create art, receive counseling, learn financial literacy, build community, and ultimately have the opportunity to discover their best selves.

For students who stay in our programming from start to finish, they have outstanding outcomes:

100% High School Graduation Rate

55% College Graduation Rate

90.3% of our students feel hopeful about their future!

$10 A Month
Provides healthy lunches during Summer Academy for 1 student.

$30 A Month
Provides on-campus peer mentorship from
1 College Promise Fellow.

$65 A Month
Pays the stipend of 1 high school senior Summer Intern.

$100 A Month
Purchases all books for the High School Book Clubs.

$250 A Month
Sponsors 1 High School Advocate per year.

I value education and equity. Student U creates pathways so that all students can succeed. An investment in Student U translates into improved outcomes that will benefit the Durham community and beyond.
- Ruth Peebles, President and Founder, The INS Group

We are all equal, and I'm bothered by the inequities that exist in our society. I feel Student U has demonstrated successes allowing students to succeed academically and succeed in going to college and maturing into community citizens.
- Jerry Benson, Director of Business Services, Durham Academy

I invest in Student U because it provides support to students who might otherwise not reach their potential. I trust those students will make Durham and the world a better place.
- Dave Michelman, Head of School, Duke School

I invest in Student U because of their core belief that EVERY student can succeed, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, etc. if given the right support system and academic resources to succeed. Their fearless willingness to advocate for our families in the face of structural barriers to opportunity keeps me engaged and willing to help Student U however I can.
- Ricky Hurtado, Executive Director, NC Scholars' Initiative

I believe that education is critically important to the future of our society and culture. Therefore, I chose to devote time and resources to organizations that advance the quality of education delivered to our youth.
- Mark Kuhn, Executive Director, President, Kuhn & Associates, Inc.