OMD Scholar Community

The OMD Scholar Community is a mobile app and website specifically for OMD Scholars. All active scholars should have gotten a Welcome Email from OMD prompting you to activate your account and set a password. The activation link expires in 7 days, so activate your account today!    Have any questions? Email us here
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You can do this!

One Million Degrees provides the tools you need to be the best student and leader you can be.

Through the OMD Scholar Community, you can:

View & RSVP for upcoming events

Schedule meetings with your OMD PC

View important announcements from your PC

Sign up for direct deposit (required)

Find program info like stipend requirements

Apply for grants and view existing grants

View all your OMD payments

Check in on goals

See members of your coach group

And more!


You should have received a Welcome Email from OMD. This email includes a link to activate your account and set a password. Please note: The link expires in 7 days so do it as soon as you receive it! 


Once you’ve set your new password, you can log in to the Community from your browser or by downloading the mobile app via the App Store or Google Play.


Here’s how you get started

If you didn’t receive your welcome email

please contact us at 
David Scherer

David Scherer

One Million Degrees Co-founder 

David is principal of Origin, co-chairs the Investment Committee, and oversees investment analysis, acquisition and asset management. He has more than 20 years of experience in real estate investing, finance, and asset management. In 2006, he co-founded One Million Degrees, which has raised $20 million to help low-income community college students graduate and successfully enter the workforce. David has served as the organization’s Board Chair for the past 12 years, as the organization has grown from 30 to 1,000 students served per year. He also serves as the President of the Harvard Club of Chicago and is on the Advisory Board of Invest for Kids.  

Rose Lizarraga

Rose Lizarraga

OMD CO-Founder & President & CEO, Lysa LLC

An award-winning documentary filmmaker and freelance writer, Rose’s career also includes 10 years spent developing new product and brand strategies as well as marketing and advertising campaigns at Leo Burnett, Foote, Cone & Belding, M&M/Mars and other small businesses.  More recently, she worked as a writer/editor for Modern Luxury Inc., publishers of magazines such as CS and Angeleno.  Rose graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with dual degrees in English and Political Science.  She is a founding member of the Daniel M. Kerrane, Jr. Foundation, former Board Vice President of the Fairy Godmother Foundation, and currently serves on the Chicago committee for Human Rights Watch.

Michael B Golden

Michael B. Golden

One Million Degrees Co-Founder 

A former national award-winning broadcast journalist, Michael Golden has also served as a political campaign manager and communications strategist for U.S. Presidential, Senate and Congressional races. Michael is a fellow at the British-American Project and the Open Society Institute. In 1999, Michael’s investigative and public affairs reporting for NBC earned him honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the AP, and the Edward R. Murrow Awards. In 2011, Michael co-founded Newsbound, Inc., a media and software company based in San Francisco, CA. He is also a co-founder of the Complete the Degree back-to-college initiative in Chicago, Illinois. Michael serves on the board of the ADL and on the governing board of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, as well as the Illinois Commission to Eliminate Poverty. He received his B.A. from Indiana University, and his M.S. in Public Services Management from DePaul University.