DURHAM—Making connections is the one way to get where you want to go and that is what the Brian K. Betts Foundation does for students in middle school.

Eight students from a Washington D.C. middle school visited Duke University and talked with some student athletes. The chairwoman of the foundation, Doris Betts, said her son would be all smiles to see the work that being done.

The students who received the first scholarships are freshman in college this year.