Brandon Douglas, Class of '09
Having applied too late for standard scholarships, Douglas left Durham, North Carolina, "on a wing and a prayer." Right before classes started, he received Oprah's gift, which covered his tuition. "Her generosity turned my potential energy into kinetic energy," says Douglas, who's planning to attend law school.
Bridging the Gap
On a trip to South Africa, Douglas was impressed by the dedication of local business school students, many of whom walked eight miles to class. He and a classmate started the Bridging the Gap Between a House and a Home Scholarship, which gave $50 to roughly 100 African students.
In 2008 Bridging the Gap recipients took part in a conference at Morehouse, where they explored, among other things, strategies for improving AIDS education efforts in South Africa.
Habitat for Humanity
Douglas worked with Habitat for Humanity to construct three-bedroom homes in Meridian, Mississippi, for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.