Student U Partners with Kenan Charitable Trust

Student U College Promise Awarded $250,000 Kenan Charitable Trust Grant

July 2nd, 2014, Durham, North Carolina- With its first class of students enrolling in college, Student U will launch the College Promise this fall with the help of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.


Founded in 2007, Student U is a college access organization that empowers middle and high school-aged students in the Durham Public Schools to own their education.


With Student U’s inaugural class of students beginning their college careers in the fall, the organization is prepared to continue their journey with the freshmen through the next 4 years.


The $250,000 grant awarded by the Kenan Trust will not only help to pilot the College Promise for Student U’s first class of college freshmen, but will provide support for enhanced data analysis and organizational infrastructure as well.


“The Kenan Trust is committed to helping provide access to all motivated students who seek a college degree,” said Dr. Richard Krasno, Executive Director of the Kenan  Trust.  “We are proud of our partnership with the Student U College Promise initiative and look forward to significant progress toward our mutual interests.”


The Kenan Charitable Trust supports the advancement of education at all levels. The Trust seeks out institutions, programs and activities that hold exceptional promise to become models or guides for more general and lasting value to American society.


“The significant gift from the Kenan Charitable Trust will allow our students to make their fearless dreams come true and become the world-changers they are meant to be,” said Dan Kimberg, Student U’s Executive Director.


The College Promise consists of financial, academic, and social-emotional support designed to ensure that all Student U students graduate from college within four years. Key program elements include need and merit based scholarships, retreats and workshops, and Parent University.


To learn more about Student U and the College Promise Program, visit their website at



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