Dallas, TX (PRWEB) May 06, 2013
For the 4th consecutive year, 100% of seniors at Uplift Education, the largest network of free public charter schools in North Texas, have been accepted to college.
This year 283 seniors from Uplift’s five high schools were accepted to 317 colleges and universities from around the state and nation. The scholars from Uplift North Hills in Irving; Uplift Peak in east Dallas; Uplift Summit in Arlington; Uplift Hampton in south Dallas; and Uplift Williams in northwest Dallas earned more than $40 million in scholarships, financial aid and grants.
Six seniors were named Dell Scholars which provides a $20,000 award as well as resources and mentoring beyond initial financial assistance to ensure recipients have the support they need to obtain a college degree. Ten scholars also earned recognition from the National Merit Scholarship program with one National Merit Finalist and nine commended scholars.
For Delia Cruz Nochebuena, a senior at Uplift Williams Prep in northwest Dallas, attending a school where everyone is focused on college admissions and readiness has made a significant difference in her future. At Uplift’s College Signing Day on April 30, she talked about the impact low expectations have on students.
“Stereotypes that label young minority students as incapable and not smart enough for college have negatively impacted…my community, leaving students inadequately prepared to reach their full potential,” she told the audience.
For Delia, the academic program and the dedicated faculty at Uplift Williams prepared her for the rigors of college. She will attend the University of Rochester in the fall, where she will study political science and Spanish.
The teachers at Uplift schools throughout the network provide individualized instruction and assistance beyond the classroom through after-school tutoring, Saturday school and extracurricular activities. Because of this individualized approach, scholars have strong academic results making them college ready and great candidates for college admissions.
Uplift has carefully built up the network’s college counseling program, so that every scholar gets the vital support needed to navigate the complicated college application and financing process. Uplift CEO Yasmin Bhatia makes having strong academic and college counseling support a top network priority.
“Our Road to College staff dedicates thousands of hours every year helping our scholars define their interests, make really hard choices about where to go to college and how to pay for it. It doesn’t stop there, though. Our staff then supports the scholars through college to make sure they are successfully managing the challenges they often face there,” Ms. Bhatia said.
Uplift’s Road to College program places academic and college counselors on each campus who provide academic, financial and emotional support for scholars in grades 6-12 along with INSPIRE counselors who support alumni in college.
About Uplift Education
Uplift Education is a is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operating a network of 26 tuition-free, college preparatory, public charter schools in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington and Irving on 12 campuses. Uplift Education schools provide a rigorous, multidisciplinary curriculum, with an emphasis on college preparation – 100% of graduates are accepted to college. Uplift Education educates 7,500 students, with the majority being low-income and minority students who will be the first in their family to attend college. Uplift schools are public schools -- students are selected by a blind lottery with no information collected on their past academic performance. For more information, visit uplifteducation.org or facebook.com/uplifteducation.
Mike Terry, Director of Communications
Sara Ortega, Public Relations Coordinator