SOUTHERN SCHOLARS NEWS
#BLACK LIVES MATTER
Southern Scholars Initiative Inc. stands in solidarity with the families of victims of racial violence and with the courageous individuals all over the world fighting for justice. Read our official statement and learn more about joining the movement here.
Our 2020 Applications are Now Closed!
We are grateful to all of the students that took the time to apply for our 2020 scholarships. We will be announcing the winners soon, so please stay tuned for updates!
“You and I can never be satisfied with sitting down before a great human problem and saying nothing can be done. We must do something. That is the reason we are here on Earth.”
-W. E. B. DuBois
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.
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.
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.