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Help us honor Dr. Pressey's extraordinary legacy of Education, Determination, and Generosity by joining the initiative!  Southern Scholars is primarily funded by the generous support of individual donors with a desire to level the academic playing field for all students.  Make a contribution today, and know that you are helping create college access, equity, and success for students of color from communities throughout the rural South.

What Your Gift Supports

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Help provide Scholars with financial awards and dedicated college coaches to  ensure academic success.

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Career Readiness

Support mentoring, internship, job shadowing, and financial literacy programs for our Scholars.

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Support  Scholars as they volunteer for and develop their own local, national, and international service projects.


Give Online

Your secure, tax-deductible, ONLINE DONATION helps support our mission to help rural students of color succeed.

Give Monthly

Become a monthly donor to provide impactful support that sustains our work year-round.  To set up a regular donation, select the "monthly" option on our DONATION page.

Give Offline

To give by check, please make your check payable to "Southern Scholars Initiative, Inc" and then mail it to us at:

Southern Scholars Initiative, Inc.

PO Box 298

New Lebanon, NY 12125


We make it easy and fun to build your own personal fundraising site to support Southern Scholars!  Create a fundraiser in honor of a loved one or to celebrate special days like your birthday, or get creative and organize a marathon, read-a-thon, or other exciting events with your friends, family, and colleagues. 

Click here to "Join the Initiative" and launch your fundraising campaign right now, or visit our DONATION page and click "I want to fundraise for this" to learn more.


Amazon Smile 

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, and use our link, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the Dr. Doretha Pressey Southern Scholars Initiative. 


If you have any questions about giving to Southern Scholars, please contact us at 803.200.1910 or

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