Our Story

Students to Scholars (S2S) was created in early 2017 by a Boys & Girls Club volunteer to provide selected children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties, North Carolina, a haven for at-risk youth, with the opportunity to be educated in the rigorous academic and culturally diverse environment of partner independent schools. Our goal is to prepare these promising students for either college preparatory classes in a public secondary school or attendance at an independent secondary school. The ultimate goal is that these children will be able to compete academically for placement in any institution of higher education and succeed there.


Student Selection Process

We look for students who have the potential to thrive in a more challenging academic environment with a small pupil to teacher ratio and one that is culturally diverse, and then give these students the opportunity to apply to the S2S partner schools; our 2018-2019 school partners are Triangle Day School, Duke School, and Carolina Friends School. Students are selected to participate in S2S based on their school performance, willingness to work hard, their aptitude for learning, and support at home. The first four students attended their new schools starting in the 2017-2018 school year. 

Additional Services

The Students to Scholars program extends beyond the admission process by assisting the scholars as they make the transition into the new school and adjust to the many changes they will encounter. The scholars will continue to receive academic and after-school support throughout the experience. This consistency will help to ensure stability and support as the students transfer schools and encounter new experiences.  


Partner schools are dedicated to helping qualified students participate in Students to Scholars regardless of a family’s ability to pay, and have committed to paying 70% of the tuition and costs for the scholars. Parents are contributing $500 per child in addition to driving their child to school each day and preparing a lunch.  Eligible students also apply for North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship, though they are not all eligible and many will not receive it. Students to Scholars needs the community’s help to fill in the gap of $6,800 per child.


The cost is $6,800 to support one child, each year.
We need your help to turn these students into scholars.


By supporting Students to Scholars, donors are directly contributing to the success of a child and enabling them to reach their potential. Donors will be able to see each child grow as scholars and witness their futures unfold, and meet the students whose lives are being changed by this program. These students need your support to make this educational opportunity a reality.

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