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HELPING RURAL STUDENTS OF COLOR SUCCEED

SOUTHERN SCHOLARS NEWS
Our 2024 Application is now open!
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DR. DOREHTA PRESSEY DAY!!

 
We're in the Post & Courier Newspaper!

We are now accepting applications for our 2024 class of Scholars!  If you will be graduating from Denmark-Olar, Bamberg-Ehrhardt, or Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High Schools in South Carolina, we hope you will apply!   The application deadline is  April 12th, 2024 at. 11:59PM.  For more information and to apply now, follwo this link!

February 18th is Dr. Doretha Pressey Day at Southern Scholars. Each year on this day, we celebrate the birth and incredible life of Dr. Doretha Pressey, the remarkable woman for whom our organization is named and the inspiration behind all we do. On this day we also launch our scholarship application and begin the search for our newest class of Scholars.  To learn more about Dr. Pressey and her incredible commitment to education and helping those in need, please follow this link.

Exciting news! Southern Scholars Initiative is in the spotlight. Our mission to empower students of color and make higher education accessible is gaining recognition. The recent Post and Courier article, featuring our Executive Director, Bre Pressey, and Board Member, Devin Thornburg, discusses the 1.9 percent increase in FAFSA applications for the 2023-24 school year in South Carolina, potentially signaling a college enrollment rebound after COVID. This rise provides critical financial aid opportunities, particularly for low-income students, that can help break the cycle of poverty. Read the full PDF of the article here or visit the P&C website..

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Education, Determination, Generosity

The Dr. Doretha Pressey Southern Scholars Initiative is a 501c3 nonprofit scholarship and college completion program dedicated to creating access, equity, and success for students of color from low-income communities in the rural South. We are motivated and guided by the legacy of our founder, Dr. Doretha Pressey, a passionate and determined educator who committed her life to generously helping those in need. Education, Determination, and Generosity were three of the core principles that exemplified Dr. Pressey's life and work and they have become the three major tenets upon which our work is based.

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ABOUT US

Students of color from the Rural South attend and complete college at rates far lower than the national average.  The Southern Scholars Initiative is committed to eradicating this disparity.

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PROGRAMS & SERVICES

We offer our scholars a comprehensive array of innovative, evidence-based, and highly individualized programs and services to help them meet their personal, academic, and career goals.

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GET INVOLVED

Join the Initiative!  Become a founding supporter of our nonprofit organization and help us make a difference in our Scholars' lives! Volunteer and internship opportunities are also available!

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