Invest in a Durham Where All Students Succeed

Student U's mission is to 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.  

Generosity gives us the power to make a positive change in our own lives and the lives of others.  We hope you will join us in supporting our vision for a Durham where all students succeed.  Simply fill out the donation form below -- and please consider a sustaining monthly donation that is easy on your budget and creates a base of regular support for Student U throughout the year. 

For questions regarding your charitable contribution, please contact our Development Director Connor Kirkfarmer at

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.

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.

$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.

Results Of Your Investment

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

100% High School Graduation Rate

43 College Graduates

90.3% of our students feel hopeful about their future!

COVID Response

The growth into our mission has been accelerated to meet our families' and students' needs during the pandemic.

More than $10,500 distributed in 2020 for emergency student and family support funding to fund basic necessities such as housing, wifi, healthcare support, and food security.

More than 60 Chromebooks were lent to students and families at the onset of the COVID.

More than 90 students utilized The W.G. Pearson Learning Center in the 2020-2021 school year.

Other Ways to Give

Gifts of Stock/Bequests

For gifts of stock or including Student U in your will please contact Amy Salo at


You may contribute by check, made payable to Student U at 600 E. Umstead St., Durham, NC 27701

Facebook Fundraiser

Create a Fundraiser on Facebook for Student U and share it with your friends and encourage them to help you raise money.

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.