Local students among those named to Delaware College Scholars

Delaware College Scholars (DCS) recently announced its newest cohort of students (Cohort 6) slated to begin its program this June.

Local students from Sussex County who have been selected include: Tatyana Alexis, Sussex Central High School; Dayana Garzon-Lagos, Sussex Tech High School; Kenisha Napoleon, Sussex Central High School; Aliayah Smith, Indian River High School; and Rebeca Velazquez-Osorio, Sussex Tech High School.

These scholars, along with others from across Delaware, will live and study together for the next three summers in Delaware’s only residential college preparatory and persistence program.

“DCS’ participants, who are selected through a rigorous application process, are all high-performing students from under-resourced backgrounds, many of which are first-generation college students. Students selected for the DCS program have all demonstrated the hard-work, grit, and commitment to succeed in graduating from college in four-to-five years no matter their perceived barriers to success.”

Starting June 12, DCS’ newest scholars will begin a reading, writing, problem-solving and discussion-based curriculum. While immersed in a college-like residential atmosphere, the students will receive college mentorship; learn about and visit different colleges; and form lasting relationships with their peer groups that have similar academic goals.

Once this summer’s program is complete, the selected scholars will continue the program for the next two summers, when they will continue their intense academic and residential experiences. They will apply to college with the help of one-on-one advising, learn about financial aid and scholarships, explore strategies for college major and course selection, and formulate a plan to complete a successful freshman year of college.

Students will then remain with their DCS college persistence officer as they continue to advance toward receiving an undergraduate degree. DCS’ college persistence officers provide advisement and mentorship to ensure students remain on track to graduate on time. Unique to Delaware, DCS is the only residential program in the state that both prepares students for college and then remains with its participants after high school graduation.

To date, 94 percent of Delaware College Scholars have gone on to a four-year institution of higher education, and 93 percent have remained in college beyond sophomore year.

Delaware College Scholars (DCS) is a college preparation and college persistence program in Delaware. For high-achieving, under-resourced, public high school students, DCS’ seven-year tuition-free program, including a three-year residential component, provides its scholars with a clear path to college graduation from competitive four-year universities.

“Scholars prepare for college acceptance and success by participating in one of the most academically rigorous college-level curricula in the state; spending three consecutive summers living with peers in a dorm-like setting before college begins; and receiving year-round personal counseling during their college years.”

To learn more about DCS, visit delawarecollegescholars.com.