Diversity & Inclusion

Three TeenSHARP students win prestigious Telluride scholarships

They'll attend six-week seminars at the University of Michigan and Cornell. The program has a 5 percent acceptance rate. Not too shabby.

Niki Dupree, Naheem Watson and Destiny Smith. (Photo courtesy of TeenSHARP)

TeenSHARP keeps working.

The college access program for high school students of color has announced that three of its Wilmington scholars have been awarded scholarships to the 2018 Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS), an elite program with a 5 percent acceptance rate internationally.

Niki Dupree, a sophomore at Padua Academy, Naheem Watson, a sophomore at Mount Pleasant High School, and Destiny Smith, a sophomore at Tower Hill School, will be heading to universities for the six-weeks of college-level seminars.

TASS, held at Cornell University and the University of Michigan, focuses on the study of history, politics and cultural experiences of people of African descent.

Dupree and Watson will both be attending University of Michigan — Dupree to study “African American Mobility and Travel Abroad: From Paul Cuffee to Ta-Nehisi Coates” and Watson to study “The Cultural Politics of Race in Media and Literature.” Smith will attend Cornell to study “Shades of Blackness: Exploring Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the African Diaspora through Performance, Film, Music, and Art.”  

Nominations are currently being accepted for rising 9th- through 11th-graders of color for the TeenSHARP 2019 cohort. Click here to fill out the form.

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