As graduation nears, high school students from local nonprofits have their pick of the best colleges and universities

May 18, 2022

Wilmington, Del. — The Class of 2022 seniors have had to adjust to a high school experience fraught with pandemic-related restrictions and missed opportunities.

Yet at TeenSHARP College Signing Day on Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m., nearly 80 high school students in the program are ready to announce the prestigious higher education options their diligence has afforded them.

College Signing Day is an annual event that brings together TeenSHARP students, their parents, and community members in a virtual setting to celebrate the accomplishments of students who have traditionally been underrepresented at the most selective colleges.

This includes students like MOT Charter High School senior Seun Ogundimu, who has been accepted to 7 of 8 Ivy League schools, including Yale, Harvard, Brown, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, and Dartmouth.

Hanifah Ouro-Sama, a senior at Dover High School, will also announce which college she chose from a list including Harvard and Yale.

At a time when concerns about rising student debt are raging, TeenSHARP seniors such as Damilola Oguntuyo (William Penn High School) and Kaseem Simmons (Middletown High School) will share the full ride offers they’ve received colleges they have selected.

TeenSHARP co-founder and CEO Atnre Alleyne recognizes how special and meaningful the moment will be on Thursday.
He shared, “Our TeenSHARP community has persisted through tremendous challenges over the past few years and we have remained focused on our lofty goals. Each of our seniors has a great story to tell and we are ready for all the tears, joy and cheers on College Signing Day 2022.”

The options open to these students are not unusual for TeenSHARP scholars. Each year, TeenSHARP provides college readiness services to hundreds of black, Latino, and low-income students in the Delaware Valley region.

These services include one-on-one college counseling and application support, college awareness boot camps for students and parents, intensive Saturday sessions where students complete rigorous college-level courses, and a leadership training. The work is demanding, but the students are ready.

As TeenSHARP honors the hard work and achievements of its senior class on May 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on College Dedication Day, the program also invites students of color and low-income students from Grades 9-11 applying to join their program.

Community members can RSVP to attend the College Dedication Day [teensharp.us3.list-manage.com].
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Students in grades 9-11 can apply for TeenSHARP [teensharp.us3.list-manage.com].

About TeenSHARP: TeenSHARP is a non-profit organization based in Wilmington, Del. which prepares black, Latino, and low-income students to attend and thrive in America’s top colleges. Founded in 2009 by Atnre Alleyne and Tatiana Poladko, TeenSHARP has become one of the leading providers of innovative college access and leadership development in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Year after year, 100% of TeenSHARP Scholars successfully pursue a 4-year college education, with 95% gaining admission to the most selective colleges and the majority graduating with college debt of $15,000 or less. TeenSHARP’s mission is in service of a bold vision that one day the diversity of our country’s best jobs and most influential leadership positions will reflect the country’s rich diversity.

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