Research shows that 27 percent of Delaware’s college-ready public school graduates who are from low-income families never enroll in college.
Now, a new program is helping to change that!
Rising juniors from public high schools across Delaware are spending part of their summer gaining skills that will help them in college, thanks to a free residential program that launched in June 2014. It is the beginning of a three-year program that will ensure that these students have the academic and social skills they need to enroll in and graduate from a four-year university.
The Delaware College Scholars Program is a partnership between the Delaware Department of Education and St. Andrew’s School in Middletown. This partnership is the first of its kind in the state of Delaware. It is hoped that it will serve as a model of what can be done to better the educational future of students across the state.
There is no fee for the students to participate in the program. Food and lodging is provided, and transportation to St. Andrew’s is available.
The 40 students were selected for the program based on their high academic performances with preference given to those from low-income families who would be first-generation college-goers.
The inaugural class will take math and literacy classes aimed to prepare them for university-level work. They also will learn about human development and general organizational and study habits that will help them succeed in a college environment. SAT preparation also will be taught.
The students will return the next two summers to continue in their studies and preparation. Each summer will have a different focus in preparing students for the college selection and transition process. Students will learn about college life from college students and gain the experience of being away from home by staying in dorms on campus at St. Andrew’s.
Throughout the year students also will participate in college tours to gain exposure to selective universities and learn about the college admissions and financial aid process.
To learn more about this unique program, visit the Delaware Department of Education.
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