Project One

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
CaraLee Murphy
Primary Contact Name
CaraLee Murphy
Main Address

8640 University City Blvd
Suite A3 #259
Charlotte, NC 28213
United States

What We Do

Project One helps motivated students from low-income, single parent homes successfully navigate their college journey, acquire essential skills for long-term career success, and graduate without the burden of significant loan debt. Our programming is specifically designed to leverage higher education as a pathway to social and economic mobility, with an overarching goal to break generational cycles of poverty for the scholars we serve and their families.


Project One accomplishes this through four core services: 

  1. Financial Support provides eligible scholars with funds that bridge the gap between federal student aid and the cost of tuition so that scholars can graduate debt free; helping to break the poverty cycle and support career growth.
  2. Mentorship Support matches scholars with career professionals who provide guidance and support through their academic experience.
  3. Career Guidance provides scholars with guidance and development of their unique gifts and talents and support in choosing a career path.
  4. Financial Literacy provides scholars with an understanding of personal finance management, developing skills that can be used throughout their lifetime.
Interesting Info
  • Project One has invested (via college scholarships) more than $800k in 41 Charlotte-Mecklenburg students since 2012.
  • The graduation rate for Project One Scholars is 90%, far exceeding the 16% rate for scholars from similar socioeconomic backgrounds
  • 90% of alums that responded to a 2022 survey indicated they returned to CLT and have established careers back in their community
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