Alexandria Turnley
Executive Director
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Alexandria Turnley comes to Students to Scholars with a wealth of nonprofit experience and a passion for education and giving back to the community.  Her life’s mission is to ensure that students are receiving quality education. She most recently served as the Community Partnership School Director at Evans High School, where she worked with the local community to provide students with the wraparound resources they needed to be successful both inside and outside of the classroom. Alexandria received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Winston-Salem State University and a dual Masters degree in Nonprofit Management and Public Administration from the University of Central Florida.  


Alexandria says, “I am excited to lead Students to Scholars because I truly believe that all students deserve access to quality education, regardless of their race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status. Students to Scholars provides more opportunities to make that possible!” 

Rubi Franco Quiroz is an activist at heart and in real life. She works to advocate for educational systemic changes for students from communities that are systemically overlooked and marginalized in school systems. She grew up in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School district where she participated in the development of the Student Six program. Rubi is in her final year of a Master of Social Work degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rubi enjoys building community and serving as a rock to the families she serves in whatever role she embodies.

Rubi Franco-Quiroz
Program Advisor
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Mackenzie Warren
Program Coordinator

Mackenzie Warren is a Duke student (class of 2024) from Houston, Texas, who is both a Baldwin Scholar and Robertson Scholar. Her major is Psychology and minors are Education and Conflict Management. She says, "My passion for education is firmly rooted in the reality that putting your best foot forward in school and earning a college degree is the key to opening the door to a bright and fulfilling future."  She founded a non-profit called Mack's School Prep that uses her website and YouTube channel to publish videos that provide under-resourced students with a blueprint for how to be successful in the classroom and get into a highly-selective college. "I am thrilled to be a part of the Students to Scholars team and to devote myself to empowering promising youth to unlock their full potential by taking advantage of their education!"