The power of one can impact the lives of many.
 
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ABOUT PROJECT ONE

Founder Neal Emmons was moved to start Project One in 2009 because of personal experience. He was raised by a single mom. As a teen, family friends gave him the financial support and encouragement to attend college. He was inspired to pay it forward.

 
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OUR MISSION

 

Project One is dedicated to increasing economic mobility for motivated students from low-income, single-parent families by providing access to higher education. The four-year program includes scholarships and tools for college success, financial literacy, and mentoring.


 
 
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Scott Bortz
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Josh Carson
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Akeshia Craven-Howell
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Neal Emmons, Project One Founder
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Lindsay Jones, Board Chair
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Jamelia Livingston, Board Treasurer
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My Ngo
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Tina Ralyea, Board Secretary
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Keith Robelen
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Rachel Sutherland
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STAFF


Jenene Seymour
Executive Director
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


 

+ HOW MUCH DOES COLLEGE COST?

The cost of attending a four-year North Carolina public university – including tuition, room, board and books – averages about $20,000 a year. According to the College Savings Foundation, 65 percent of American parents save less than $5,000 for their children’s college education.

+ HOW MUCH IS A PROJECT ONE SCHOLARSHIP?

Project One awards up to $25,000 in scholarships (per student) to attend college in North Carolina. Each scholarship includes a four-year financial commitment and a mentoring component.

+ HOW MANY PROJECT ONE SCHOLARS ARE IN SCHOOL NOW?

There are 19 Project One scholars currently attending college across North Carolina.

+ WHICH SCHOOLS DO PROJECT ONE SCHOLARS ATTEND?

Project One scholars attend/have attended:
Appalachian State University
East Carolina University
N.C. Central University
N.C. State University
Queens University
UNC Asheville
UNC Chapel Hill
UNC Charlotte
UNC Greensboro
Wingate University

+ WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A PROJECT ONE SCHOLARSHIP?

Project One offers scholarships to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Resident of Mecklenburg County
  • Planning to attend a North Carolina state-sponsored college/university
  • High school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrates initiative (for example, involved in student council, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, and/or has work history)
  • Parent’s income at or below 200 percent of poverty rate (based on family size)
  • Student will be required to complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

+ HOW/WHEN CAN I APPLY?

The application is available on February 1. Applications must be received by March 31.

+ WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I APPLY?

Your application is considered by a selection committee that is comprised of our board and dedicated community volunteers. The top applicants will be asked to schedule an in-person interview with the Committee.

+ WHEN ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED?

Scholarships are awarded in the Spring, before the end of a scholar’s senior year of high school.

 
 
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OUR PARTNERS


Project One collaborates with other community organizations that share our desire to break cycles of poverty, promote upward mobility and enhance the quality of life for Mecklenburg County residents.

We are grateful to our partners for the important work that they do, and for helping us identify and empower Project One scholars. Some of our community partners include:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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BROWSE THE SCHOLAR DIRECTORY

 

Project One scholars are bright, motivated and determined. They’re hard working, intelligent and focused. They’ve made it to the top of their high school class through sheer force of will: holding a job, participating in extracurriculars and defying expectations. Often they’re the first in their families to attend college, seizing the opportunity to use education to break the cycle of poverty.

 
 
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