Strengthening Durham’s Future

The path to college and a brighter future can seem impossible for many Durham students, especially those who will be the first in their families to attend college. Without the right resources, only one in five low-income students in North Carolina will enroll in college. Two-thirds of Durham Public Schools students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

The Emily K Center is a game changer for Durham students and their families. Since opening in 2006, the Center has embraced thousands of students and families. Emily K Center scholars emerge college-ready and scholarship-eligible, and they move on to succeed at colleges and universities that are the right fit for their aspirations.

The Emily K Center is Durham’s free college-access hub for hard-working students who want to change the trajectory of their lives – and their families’ lives – by achieving goals they never dreamed were possible.