OMD Scholars are low-income, highly motivated community college students pursuing degrees in diverse fields including healthcare, education, medical technology, and computer sciences. Most are first in their families to attend college. Their experiences with OMD help them prepare for career trajectories with increasing levels of challenge and responsibility, and help them discover and develop new possibilities, new aspirations and a new belief in their own growing abilities.

One Million Degrees is one of the few organizations in the entire country dedicated to serving community college students.

One Million Degrees Scholars are determined, resilient, and visionary. Whether they are young people entering college for the first time or returning adults determined to complete their degrees, One Million Degrees Scholars are juggling numerous responsibilities and challenges, while working hard to create bright futures for themselves, their families, and their communities.

"I feel like I am part of a very special group of dreamers on a path to great things."

—Ashley Porter, OMD Alum