Delaware College Scholars

Delaware College Scholars Delaware College Scholars (DCS) is an academically rigorous college preparation and college persistence program in the State of Delaware for high-achieving, under-resourced public high school students with no clear path to college.

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11/11/2020
STEM-Powered: Sigourney Bell

On the 2nd episode of our STEM-Powered series, we had the pleasure to speak with Sigourney Bell. Sigourney, a second-year PhD student at the University of Cambridge and Co-Founder of Black in Cancer, talks to us about her work as a researcher, her experience as a woman of color in a leadership position and the importance of visibility for our young women who are looking to enter the STEM fields. Links to the full podcast are below!

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Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/stem-powered-sigourney-bell/id1527839819

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1mTJUxtDSrtmfJwlMXNcq3

11/09/2020
STEM-Powered: Sigourney Bell

How do you make sure that you are seen?

Episode 2 of our STEM-Powered series feautures Sigourney Bell, a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. Sigourney talks about her work as a researcher, the importance of visibility and being the co-founder of Black In Cancer. Full episode will drop Wednesday morning, stay tuned . . .
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11/05/2020
STEM-Powered: Jakarda Varnado

"Find people who have been through the journey already . . ."

Please consider listening to the first episode of our STEM-Powered series with Jakarda Varnado. Links to the FULL podcast are below!

Apple: https://lnkd.in/eKG72ce

Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eGm8nDx

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11/04/2020
STEM-Powered

"The sky is not the limit, we have been to the moon. . ."

In the first episode of our four-part series titled STEM-Powered, we chat with Jakarda Varnado. Jakarda, who serves as an Instructional Coach and Education Coordinator at NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, talks about the barriers that she's faced as a woman of color, her passion for STEM education advocacy and some advice for our scholars who are interested in STEM fields. As always, subscribe, rate and review the podcast.

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For the month of November, we are excited to announce a new series titled, STEM-Powered. In this four-part series, we ho...
11/03/2020

For the month of November, we are excited to announce a new series titled, STEM-Powered. In this four-part series, we hope to inspire our scholars, specifically the next generation of young women interested in STEM-related fields. In highlighting the experiences of some, but certainly not all women who are doing some phenomenal work, our aim is that our audience will get a taste of some of the challenges they have had to navigate because of their social identities. Each podcast will feature a new speaker who will touch upon at least one central theme to this series: Advocacy, Visibility, Diversity, and Belonging. Although these episodes are not enough to adequately shine light on the complexities of this issue, we hope that this will be a start and that our scholars will be motivated to carry the torch moving forward.

Episode one of this series drops tomorrow!

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11/02/2020

Who deserves your greatness? A little #MondayMotivation with Eric Hutcherson . . .

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"West Point was never my plan, but after I got in, I knew that I had been given an opportunity that I had to make the mo...
10/30/2020

"West Point was never my plan, but after I got in, I knew that I had been given an opportunity that I had to make the most of . . . " Charles Nyakundi, Cohort 4

Christiana High School graduate Charles Nyakundi is a Sophomore at West Point - The U.S. Military Academy where he majors in Civil Engineering. We had the pleasure to talk to Charles about military life, overcoming doubt and why surrounding yourself with great people is crucial to your success.

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-five-charles-nyakundi/id1527839819?i=1000496385850&fbclid=IwAR3LfEc5EnNBZxFXn0dtlH4KcIhJMwKU2vXgfzA3tsyhkSlx9E4-A9mW2xU

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/25oHvVN5eKSQRXrspuXPEk?si=Bo-NHACNS5WxZppu7cw4EA&fbclid=IwAR1Dhk-7V6p54Izejbdu9jpbOrjSTIyXgDAA5OTBdjOb4-Wugl9548Ir_IQ

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10/28/2020

New Scholar Spotlight Podcast dropping soon with C4 graduate and current West Point - The U.S. Military Academy student Charles Nyakundi!

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Episode four of The Scholar Spotlight Podcast features Eric Hutcherson, the Executive Vice President, Chief People and I...
10/24/2020

Episode four of The Scholar Spotlight Podcast features Eric Hutcherson, the Executive Vice President, Chief People and Inclusion Officer at Universal Music Group!

Eric talks to us about his work in the NBA, his decision to leave for Universal Music Group and the question that everyone must ask themselves when making important life decisions. Subscribe, rate and review!

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-four-eric-hutcherson/id1527839819?i=1000495860211

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5k134HOQYRZzTkUQvQEmaL

“I want to attend college and further my education because I’d like to learn more about the computer engineering industr...
10/13/2020

“I want to attend college and further my education because I’d like to learn more about the computer engineering industry and explore potential career opportunities in that field. I also want to make my family proud as they have sacrificed so much for me.” Tiwalade David Ogunfadebo, Cohort 6

High School: William Penn High School, Class of 2021

Activities: Varsity Soccer, Engineering Manufacturing Program

Work: Byler's BBQ

Honors: National Honors Society, Distinguished Honor Roll

Favorite Class: Math & Science

Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

In 10 years I hope to be . . . a college graduate with a degree in Computer Science. Moreover, I’d like to start my own business and still be playing competitive soccer.

I am most proud of . . . my ability to overcome obstacles and the way that I have set myself up for success.

I am thankful for . . . my family, friends and teammates that continue to push and support me to be the best version of myself each and every day.

Good luck to Tiwa and the William Penn soccer team as they begin their season one week from today!

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“Attending college will be crucial to my success as a professional for it will allow me to develop my critical thinking ...
10/07/2020

“Attending college will be crucial to my success as a professional for it will allow me to develop my critical thinking and problem solving skills.” Kwabena Nimako, Cohort 6

High School: Christiana High School, Class of 2021

Activities: Varsity Track & Field, National Honor Society

Favorite Class: Animal Science

Favorite Book: Quantum Thieves - Spell Robbers

In 10 years I hope to be . . . a successful graduate with a steady job and place to live.

I am most proud of . . . my ability to develop and acknowledge where I need to improve.

#WisdomWednesday
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“Attending college will give me a chance to not only better myself, but to help those around me as well. I plan on takin...
09/24/2020

“Attending college will give me a chance to not only better myself, but to help those around me as well. I plan on taking full advantage of that opportunity and making my community a better place . . . “ Daniela Figueroa-Reyes, Cohort 6

High School: Alexis I Dupont High School, Class of 2021.

Activities: Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer Manager, Mentor at Alexis I Dupont Middle School, Art & Choir.

Favorite Class: Psychology

Favorite Book: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

In 10 years I hope to be . . . Traveling the world comfortably, having fun.

I am most proud of . . . keeping up the pace in my academic life during such stressful times!

#ThoughtfulThursday
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Congratulations to Cohort 1 scholar Natalia Mahecha as she just graduated from the University of Delaware with her degre...
09/22/2020

Congratulations to Cohort 1 scholar Natalia Mahecha as she just graduated from the University of Delaware with her degree in Criminal Justice! A graduate of Howard High School of Technology, Natalia currently works as the Retail Operations Manager at Ulta Beauty and will be applying to law school throughout the year! Congrats Natalia!!

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Shoutout to C2 scholar Johnson Mageto as he was recently inducted into the Men of Color Alliance at Delaware State Unive...
09/15/2020

Shoutout to C2 scholar Johnson Mageto as he was recently inducted into the Men of Color Alliance at Delaware State University! The Men of Color Alliance is an organization that strives on uplifting men and uniting them to change the negative stereotypes that society has placed upon them. It also provides its members with the tools necessary to become men with purpose and excellence.

A graduate of St. Georges Technical High School, Johnson is a Public Health major and is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2021. Congrats Johnson!

“Furthering my education is a chance to continue to do what I love most: learn. It transforms a person into someone with...
09/11/2020

“Furthering my education is a chance to continue to do what I love most: learn. It transforms a person into someone with character, and helps them change the world for the better . . . “ Emily Pfeil, Cohort 6 (far left)

High School: Concord High School (Wilmington, Delaware), Class of 2021

Activities: Marching Band, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Women's Quartet & Stage Crew

Job: Starbucks Barista

Honors/Awards: Outstanding Music Achievement (2018, 2019)

Favorite Class: Band/English

Favorite Book: The Poems of Sappho by Bliss Carman

In 10 years I hope to be . . . a music educator and an inspiration.

I am most proud of . . . my resilience, which has allowed me to keep moving even when times have been hard.

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"Attending college allows you to not only see new perspectives of the world but new perspectives of yourself. It truly a...
09/08/2020

"Attending college allows you to not only see new perspectives of the world but new perspectives of yourself. It truly allows you to question who you want to be and what you can do as a global citizen to get there . . ." Klonese Williams, Cohort 6

School: Padua Academy, Class of 2021

Activities: Black Student Union, Students in Action (SIA), Ronald’s Rescue & Interact Club

Favorite Class: Social Studies

Favorite Book: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

In 10 years I'll be . . . Out of med school and doing a residency at a teaching hospital somewhere in the city. Also, I hope to travel the world and help places that need the most medical assistance.

I am most proud of . . . being apart of a wonderful program like Delaware College Scholars as it has given me opportunities that I would not have been able to have otherwise.

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"One obstacle I did not fully realize before I got here was my own mental battle with being a first-generation college s...
09/02/2020

"One obstacle I did not fully realize before I got here was my own mental battle with being a first-generation college student. So many of my peers at Florida State go here because their parents did. As a result, many came in knowing much more about the school’s history and traditions, as well as having connections with other students and professors. I would let that get to me and feel like I was at a disadvantage because I did not have what they had, but I soon realized that there were plenty of other resources to help me academically and that I could learn about all of the fun traditions through my friends . . .

Put yourself out there! Don’t be afraid to go join a club where you may not know anyone in, or go sit with someone new in your classes. You can meet so many amazing people this way that will only help to enhance your college experience. Not only will you make new friends to go on adventures with, to football games with, and eat lunch with, but also people you can study with and rely on during stressful times."

Cohort 4 scholar and Concord High School (Wilmington, Delaware) graduate Abby Henry is a Sophomore at Florida State University where she majors in Behavioral Neuroscience. Outside of the classroom, she is the Coordinator Board Member for Camp Kesem at Florida State University and a Practicum Member for the Medical Response Unit. Moreover, Abby works as a Patient Care Assistant in Neurology at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.

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#TuesdayThoughts for our Cohort 5 scholars with Cindy Lin. . ."The biggest adjustment that I had to make from high schoo...
09/01/2020

#TuesdayThoughts for our Cohort 5 scholars with Cindy Lin. . .

"The biggest adjustment that I had to make from high school to college was figuring out how to work smarter, not harder. There were so many new activities and opportunities to balance that I easily could have spread myself too thin. Additionally, time management is important on another level in college; I rely on google calendar and my agenda book every single day . . .

As a first generation student, I lacked the multitude of advantages that my legacy peers had. For example, I did not have family members that guided my expectations around what to expect. I had to rely on my social and academic skills to make connections and build relationships. Through these bonds, I discovered the ins and outs about Boston College: when to take a certain requirement, which professor to take, the best class times, short cuts around campus . . .

Don’t worry about the things out of your control because a year from now, you will understand that everything happened for a reason and you are where you’re meant to be."

Cohort 4 scholar and Milford Senior High School graduate Cindy Lin is a Sophomore at Boston College where she double majors in Business and History in the pre-law program. Outside of the classroom, Cindy is the Event Coordinator for The First Generation Club, Committee member on the First-Gen Advisory Board and a member of Asian Caucus and Chinese Student Association.

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As many of our Cohort 5 students begin college this week, we wanted to hear from our Cohort 4 scholars and what they lea...
08/31/2020

As many of our Cohort 5 students begin college this week, we wanted to hear from our Cohort 4 scholars and what they learned from year one last year . . .

"If I wanted to succeed in college, I was going to have to try a harder. I had to work on my time management to ensure that I could study and complete assignments as well as enjoy my social life. There were definitely ups and downs - some weeks were productive and some weeks I procrastinated so much that I didn’t get much sleep. I needed to adjust my mindset and ultimately, learn what worked best for me.

There wasn’t really anyone in my family that could help me with the college process, so every experience was very new for me at Howard University. I realized early on that I would have to take advantage of all of my resources to get through. I wasn’t someone who usually asked questions, but I had to get myself out of my comfort zone so I could make the most out of my learning experience. That included asking my peers, professors, and advisors for help/advice when needed, as well as doing my own research. It also helped me to make friends early . . . " Cohort 4 scholar Francia Olliver

Francia Olliver graduated from Christiana High School in 2019 where she was named Class Valedictorian. She is currently a Sophomore at Howard University where she majors in Biology and minors in Spanish.

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