To academically and socially prepare high-achieving, under-resourced Delaware public high school students for successfully applying to, succeeding in, and graduating from four-year colleges and universities. Preference is given to first-generation college students.
Delaware College Scholars (DCS) is a leading college preparation and college persistence program in the State of 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 curriculum 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 date, 94 percent of Delaware College Scholars, who are often the first in their family to attend college, have gone on to four-year institutions of higher learning. Ninety-three percent have persisted to or beyond their sophomore year.