For 3 weeks, 3 summers in a row, Delaware College Scholars learn and live together on the campus of St. Andrew's School.

Each year, up to 40 bright and promising rising juniors from low-income households become Delaware College Scholars, with preference given to first generation students who wish to pursue a higher education. These select students participate in a tuition-free program for three consecutive summers.



As rising juniors, Delaware College Scholars begin an intense reading, writing, and discussion-based curriculum, as well as focused SAT preparation. While immersed in a college-like residential atmosphere, students forge lasting relationships within a peer group with similar academic goals. Students learn about and visit different types of colleges and receive college mentorship.


As rising seniorsDelaware College Scholars continue the intense academic and residential experience of the first summer. Students begin one-on-one college advising to create a college application list and complete several drafts of common college application essays and potential supplements. Additionally, students learn about financial aid and scholarship opportunities. 


As rising college freshmanDelaware College Scholars continue rigorous academic and residential preparation. Additionally, they explore strategies for college major and course selection. To smooth their transition into the college environment, students also learn time management and organizational skills, and formulate a plan to successfully complete freshman year.



Delaware College Scholars was featured on a segment on the PBS (WHYY) TV Show "First." The piece introduced the wider Delaware community to the great work that the scholars do during the summer and the big picture vision of the program.


Delaware College Scholars is a tuition-free residential program for 10-12th graders sponsored by the Delaware Department of Education and St. Andrew’s School.


Delaware College Scholars offers a model college cohort experience for a select group of bright and promising college-bound rising juniors from low-income households, with preference given to first generation students who wish to pursue a higher education.

Up to 40 passionate and hard-working students are invited to participate in this three-week residential program on St. Andrew’s campus for three consecutive summers, starting prior to their 11th grade year and continuing through high school graduation. Students will explore their true potential in classes that enhance critical thinking, reading and writing skills, as well as classes that develop non-cognitive skills, which are equally necessary for college success. 

By the program’s end, students will be well-prepared, both socially and academically, to enroll and thrive in a college or university setting, successfully graduate, and go on to a fulfilling career.


Governor Jack Markell Visits Delaware College Scholars