Southern Scholars' innovative programmatic offerings are built on our Five Pillars of Scholar Success.  These include: Scholarships, Coaching, Mentorship,  Service, and Travel.  Our 5-point model is designed to ensure that each of our scholars receives the highly individualized level of attention they need to have an enjoyable, productive, and rewarding college experience,  and the preparation and guidance required to build successful and gratifying careers.


Each Southern Scholar is awarded either the Dr. Doretha Pressey Academic Scholarship or the Mrs. Clara Mae Coleman Technical Award.

The Pressey Scholarship is awarded to students attending four year colleges and universities, and

The Coleman Award is granted to students attending career, technical education schools, or community colleges.  Both scholarships are renewable and are meant to help scholars defray the cost of tuition.

College Coaches

Each Southern Scholar is partnered with a College Coach.  Coaches help scholars get acclimated to college life, pinpoint goals, identify obstacles, and develop plans to support and encourage their success both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Professional Mentorship

Beginning in their sophomore year, each scholar will be partnered with a professional mentor. Mentors will help scholars make informed career decisions, learn about the value of networking, and secure internships while in school and full time positions after graduation.

Service and Volunteerism

Because service is a central tenant of our mission, each Southern Scholar is expected to participate in meaningful and impactful service learning and volunteer projects for a minimum of 118 hours per academic year.

Travel and Exploration

Each year, scholars who have maintained good academic standing  and fulfilled their commitment to service will be invited to join the Southern Scholars family for an educational, inspiring, and fun-filled summer journey to one of the many culturally significant destinations of the African Diaspora.



803.200.1910 (SC Office)

518.212.7202 (NY Office)



803.936.0149 (SC Office)

347.578.8810 (NY Office)




The Dr. Doretha Pressey Southern Scholars Initiative, Inc.

SC Office:

197 Viking Circle
Denmark, SC  29042

NY Office:

PO Box 298

New Lebanon, NY 12125

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