Local students among Delaware College Scholars graduates

On June 16, parents, faculty and supporters gathered to celebrate as 36 rising college freshmen graduated from the Delaware College Scholars (DCS) program.

“Each of you has truly accomplished something impressive,” remarked the graduation’s keynote speaker, Delaware Department of Education Secretary Dr. Susan Bunting. “You have proven that education is not a spectator sport. Your grit, combined with the skills and knowledge you receive in the DCS program, makes you unstoppable as you prepare for college success. You make Delaware proud.”

Graduates, who come from under-resourced backgrounds and are often the first in their family to attend college, lived and learned together in a dorm setting for three weeks, three summers in a row. Student participated in a college-style curriculum; took standardized test prep classes; and received individualized mentorship on understanding financial aid, scholarships and the best college fit for them while in the program.

As they start their college experience this summer and fall, the graduates will work with DCS’ College Persistence Officers to ensure a successful transition to their first year of college. The persistence officers will continue to work with DCS graduates throughout their college career, to ensure students remain on-track to graduate from competitive colleges and universities in four to five years.

This year, graduates of the program are attending West Point, Boston College, American University and University of Delaware, among others.

“Our scholars stand ready to break down any barrier put in front of them. Armed with the college preparatory information often only given to students attending top high schools in the nation, I know these graduates are on the path to become future leaders,” said Dr. Tony Alleyne, executive director, Delaware College Scholars.

This year’s graduates include local students A’Deja Farlow of Sussex Central High School, who will be attending North Carolina A&T; and Kayla Rutherford of Indian River High School, who will be attending the University of Delaware

To date, 91 percent of Delaware College Scholars have gone on to four-year institutions of higher learning. To learn more about DCS, visit delawarecollegescholars.com.