Just 15 miles outside Washington, D.C., Prince George’s County represents the second-most populous county in Maryland and is home to one of the nation’s 25 largest school districts. And while 87% of residents hold a high school diploma, only 40% go on to earn a bachelor’s degree and contribute their talents to the regional workforce.
The Clifford Johnson Memorial Fund for College Track Students of Prince George’s County
The Clifford Johnson Memorial Fund for College Track Students of Prince George’s County honors the life and legacy of Cliff Johnson, a compassionate advocate for education and equity. A proud native of Prince George’s County, Cliff was in his element at the head of a classroom, where he felt most rewarded by empowering young people to learn, grow, and thrive. He worked tirelessly to inspire his students to develop confidence in their ability to influence their own destiny.
The Clifford Johnson Memorial Fund supports the College Track program in Prince George’s County so that this next generation of talent will receive the academic, financial, and social-emotional support they need to achieve their dreams.
With your partnership, Cliff’s memory will live on through the power of education and the life of opportunity and choice it affords.
Scholar Spotlight: Stephan, Suitland High School
I was born here in Prince George’s County. When I was three-years-old, my mom and I moved in with my grandmother just a few miles from here, and I’ve been with her ever since. I’m also the oldest of seven kids. And I’ve always felt like I had to set an example for them. I can’t say college was on my mind all the time, but it was definitely on my grandma’s mind!
When I joined College Track, I didn’t know a lot of the other students. It felt like the first day of school all over again. Then they took us on a two-day retreat in the middle of nowhere. Over those two days, we didn’t just learn about the program, we learned about each other. We talked about our families, what subjects we like, what we want to be when we grow up. We forged a bond over this shared experience.
Now, there’s this whole group of people I can’t wait to see at school every day who I may never have even met! And while I may only be a freshman in high school, I am ready to take ownership of my life and create a future of my own design. I also want to be a voice and an advocate for my community. If I’ve learned anything from growing up here, it’s that everyone has different ideas, opinions, dreams, and beliefs… but we are all human beings. And we deserve to be heard.
Who We Serve
students of color
Our Expansion to Prince George’s County
NBA star and dedicated philanthropist Kevin Durant paid a visit to College Track Oakland back in 2017. One year later, he announced a 10-year, $10 million commitment to bring College Track to his hometown of Prince George’s County, MD. In partnership with the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation and Prince George’s County Public Schools, College Track at the Durant Center became College Track’s first East Coast center and one of two to open in the DC Metro Area region by 2021.
A View Inside…
Just a short walk from Suitland High School, the center is a sprawling space filled with imagery of our champion on and off the court, as well as inspirational messages from some of our nation’s most revered leaders. From Nelson Mandela to Muhammad Ali to Maya Angelou to Barack Obama, the walls represent a constant reminder of what’s possible with hard work and determination.