Launching the 2019-2020 Academic Year

A new school year is underway and Project One is honored to serve 19 scholars who are enrolled at 12 colleges across North Carolina. We are especially pleased to welcome our four dynamic freshmen to the Project One family:


Upendra Kuikel

High School: Charlotte Engineering Early College

College: UNC Charlotte

Intended Major: Civil Engineering


Olivia Rice

High School: Zebulon B. Vance High School

College: Appalachian State University

Intended Major: Nursing


Amal Salih

High School: North Mecklenburg High School

College: UNC Charlotte

Intended Major: Nursing


Simon Tesfa

High School: Myers Park High School

College: UNC Chapel Hill

Intended Major: Business/Finance

In addition to receiving financial assistance, scholars have been matched with adult mentors who will provide coaching and guidance to help navigate their college journey. Scholars will also participate in financial literacy, gifts and talents exploration, and career readiness workshops to develop the life and professional skills they will need to excel after they have earned their degrees.

The 2019 Power of One Fundraiser

Power of One Fundraiser at Byron’s Southend

Power of One Fundraiser at Byron’s Southend

On March 28th Project One hosted our annual fundraising event, the Power of One. Nearly 200 community supporters came together for an evening of celebration and inspiration featuring keynote speaker, Coach Levelle Moton of NC Central University. Moton shared his personal challenges and lessons learned while growing up in public housing and being raised by his single mom. He stressed the importance and urgency of the work Project One is doing and encouraged the audience to get involved. 

Project One scholar, Jon Baldwin, graduated debt-free from Wingate University in December 2018 and talked about how the program impacted him. “I am deeply grateful for Project One and the financial support I received through school,” Jon stated, “and also the peace of mind that came with it.” Jon shared that he plans to continue his education and will pursue a master’s degree at Pfeiffer University. 

This year’s event raised over $100,000 to provide scholarships and personalized support to more resilient students like Jon as they journey through college. Project One is immensely grateful for our table captains, guests, volunteers, and corporate sponsors, Wells Fargo and McGuireWoods, for investing their time and resources to make this event a great success. Together, we are creating paths to economic prosperity and breaking generational cycles of poverty – one scholar and one family at a time. 

If you would like to invest in a Project One scholar, please click here to make your gift today.

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