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Local students announce college choice for National College Decision Day

Seven TeenSHARP students shared their choice to attend top-ranking higher education institutions. Read their success stories here.


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During a special event for National College Decision Day, seven high-performing high school students announced their college selection. 

The seven students: Boluwatife Aminu (MOT Charter, Delaware), Tatyana Rashid (MOT Charter, Delaware), Njoka Njue (MOT Charter, Delaware), Taylor Hoyte (Franklin HS, New Jersey), Ashley Rodriguez (Conrad Schools of Science, Delaware), Angela Bayarmaa (Conrad Schools of Science, Delaware), and Mayvis Bayarmaa (Conrad Schools of Science, Delaware) shared their college decisions after years of working with TeenSHARP, an organization that prepares talented Black, Latinx, and low-income students for top colleges and community-centered leadership. 

The students chose from top universities in the country, like Princeton University, Stanford University, Williams College, Emory University, Wellesley College, and other top-ranked schools. 

“We are so proud of all of the work our students and their families have invested to get in a position to choose from among the best colleges in the country,” said Atnre Alleyne, TeenSHARP’s co-founder, and CEO. “This live event is an exciting way for our students to celebrate their accomplishments as they prepare for the next phase of their upward journey.” 

Taylor joined TeenSHARP her junior year and describes feeling a “real sense of community” and “a lot of people believed in me, believed in my work,” adding how TeenSHARP’s assistance improved her grades, study habits, and connections with faculty. Although she candidly admits to doing research after being accepted to 13 higher education institutions: Gettysburg College, American College, and University of Rochester, ultimately choosing Santa Clara University because it was the most affordable and she “saw myself academically thriving and developing my character.”  

Student Njoka Njue from MOT Charter joined TeenSHARP the summer before freshman year and decided to stay because “when I entered the TeenSHARP community, I just saw how beautiful it was and how much I could learn and what more was there to be doing.” The program allowed Njue to learn his true passions, explore himself as a learner and engage in diverse course materials. Njue will attend Pomona College with a full scholarship of approximately $66,000 annually. 

In the state of Delaware, there were 54 Questbridge applicants, and 14 of them were TeenSHARP scholars. Those that matched and got admitted through that process were only five in the state of Delaware, with three TeenSHARP students getting selected to the highly competitive program— Angela and Tatyana were the two students selected to the Questbridge Scholar program, which equips high-achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds with the knowledge, confidence, and resources to apply to top colleges. 

Angela was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), Boston College, and Barnard College, to name a few. She will attend Barnard College with a full-ride scholarship totaling $86,000 per year. Although Tatyana joined TeenSHARP in high school, she credits the program for her intellectual development. She was admitted to Columbia University, Swarthmore College, UPenn, Duke University, and Stanford, to name a few—she will be attending UPenn in Fall 2023 on a full-ride scholarship totaling $86,000 per year. 

However, unlike Angela and Tatyana, Mayvis did not get a match through the Questbridge Scholar program and had to continue with the regular decision process—applying to approximately 30 schools. She admits to receiving rejections and being waitlisted. Nevertheless, she will be attending Middlebury College, which originally offered $75,000 per year, but after speaking to the financial aid office was able to secure $78,000 per year in grants. 

Boluwatife was accepted to the Amazon Future Engineer Scholars program, which provides students with opportunities to upgrade their careers with a $40,000 scholarship plus an offer to complete a paid summer internship at Amazon. She was also accepted to fifteen universities and got a full scholarship to most of them. She will attend Stanford University on a full scholarship, $87,000 per year, because of community, opportunity availability, and access to research. 

Ashley Rodriquez selected Emory College, which will provide $79,000 in grant money.

“We want students to feel they are affirmed and that they are enough,” said Alleyne in a March interview with Al DÍA.

TeenSHARP continues former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative with College Signing Day as an opportunity to celebrate students committing to pursue higher education. All TeenSHARP seniors will be revealing where they will be attending in the Fall of 2023 on May 18th. 



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