Delaware Goes to College Academy

The Challenge

While the state of Delaware has made great strides in increasing the number of students who enroll in college, there remain more students attending colleges that are not best suited to their needs or not enrolling in college at all. Additionally, not all Delaware students who enroll in college are prepared to take college-level courses. That is why starting in the summer 2017 the Delaware Department of Education, the Arsht-Cannon Fund, and Capital One have partnered with TeenSHARP to offer high-achieving students in the state of Delaware guidance to gain admission into a college that would be a good fit.

What is the Delaware Goes to College Academy

The Delaware Goes to College Academy is designed as a blended “ in-person and online “ program to provide you with FREE high-quality college admissions consulting. All the expenses for this program are paid for through funding by Delaware Department of Education. TeenSHARP, the Arsht-Cannon Fund, and Capital One. The program assists students with the selection of high school courses to prepare them for college, selection of colleges to apply to, writing college essays, visiting college campuses, applying to scholarships, and completing and negotiating financial aid. Students have consistent access to the pool of highly qualified college advisors who will be prepared to respond to any questions you may have within 24 hours.

 Eligibility

Delaware Goes to College Academy Scholars are juniors and seniors attending Delaware high schools who have a 3.0 GPA or higher. This program is designed for students of all racial/ethnic backgrounds as long as they meet the GPA requirement. Strong preference is given to students from low-income families.

The first cohort of scholars was admitted into the program in July/August 2017.  These students represent 42 Delaware high schools. They participated in the first annual summer bootcamp in their county of residence in the month of August. These students are now a part of an online course.

The program application is now open for the fall recruitment cycle. We are looking for high-achieving high school juniors to apply to join the online course and be a part of the summer intensive experience in the summer of 2018.

 Program Student and Parent Expectations

If selected for the program, the students are expected to complete all the assignments associated with the online course. They are also expected to attend all 3-4 days of the summer session tentatively scheduled for June/July 2018. Summer sessions will be located in students’ county of residence (New Castle County residents meet at the University of Delaware; Kent County residents meet at Delaware State University, Sussex County residents meet at Delaware Technical and Community College).  Parents or guardians of rising Juniors are expected to participate in all-day workshops for the Saturday session ONLY. Parents or guardians of rising Seniors are expected to participate in all-day workshops for the Saturday and Sunday sessions.

Dates and Locations of Summer Sessions

Dates and location for the summer session 2018 will be announced in late spring 2018.

Application Process

Fall application cycle is now open. We are recruiting high school juniors to join the Delaware Goes to College Academy. The deadline to apply is November 20th. The decision regarding your participation in the program will be disseminated by November 25th.

Questions?

For any questions or more information, do not hesitate to email dgca@teensharp.org or call us at 302.827.7477.

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