Delaware College Scholars is a tuition-free, residential, college preparatory program for 10th – 12th grade Delaware public school students.
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 predominantly 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 college preparatory program for three consecutive summers.
SUMMER ONE: PREPARING FOR COLLEGE
As rising juniors, 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.
SUMMER TWO: RESEARCH AND APPLY TO COLLEGE
As rising seniors, scholars build upon the intense academic and residential experience of the first summer. Students begin one-on-one college advising sessions to create a college application list and complete several drafts of college application essays. Additionally, students learn about financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
SUMMER THREE: COLLEGE TRANSITION—READY TO GO
As rising college freshman, scholars continue rigorous academic and residential preparation. Additionally, they explore strategies for college major and course selection. To achieve a smooth transition into the college environment, students also learn time management and organizational skills, and formulate a plan to successfully complete their freshman year.
AFter graduation: College Persistence
As alumni, scholars will continue to receive support from DCS. Getting into college is only half of the Delaware College Scholars mission. DCS continues to steward alumni through college and monitor their persistence toward a timely graduation in four years. The DCS college persistence team calls, visits and helps in any way they can to ensure a great college experience for scholars.