This year, in the tradition of the past eight graduating cohorts, 100% of Thurgood Marshall Academy seniors gained acceptance to college. Students in the Class of 2013 were accepted at 75 different colleges and universities, including prominent institutions such as Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Eugene Lang College at the New School for Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Missouri Columbia School of Journalism – one of the top ranked schools of journalism in the country.
Emma Levine, Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Alumni Coordinator, highlighted a number of trends regarding college choices within this year’s senior class. In addition to a wide variety of prospective majors – ranging from pre-med to political science and the performing arts – Ms. Levine observed an increase in the number of students applying to small liberal arts colleges over years past. “Students are interested in the idea of being able to dabble in a number of different subject areas,” she says.
In addition to being admitted to some of the nation’s top universities, Thurgood Marshall Academy’s graduating seniors have also been offered over $4.2 million in scholarships by universities and private foundations that have taken note of the remarkable successes of these students, both in and out of the classroom. “The fact that this year’s graduating class earned over $4 million in scholarship is a testament to their hard work and commitment to ensuring that they get most out of their four years in college,” says Sanjay Mitchell, Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Head of College and Alumni Programs. These include over $2 million in university scholarships and over $242,000 in private foundation scholarships. Additionally, 36 Thurgood Marshall Academy students received $1.8 million in individual scholarships from the DC Achievers program, a program that supports talented students from six high-performing high schools in the District.
Prominently, senior Te’Asia Capies became the fourth Thurgood Marshall Academy student to win a prestigious POSSE scholarship, which identifies high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential and offers them four-year, full tuition scholarships. Te’Asia will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison in fall 2013. Senior Delanté Fludd also became the fourth Thurgood Marshall Academy student to receive the Stephen J. Trachtenberg Scholarship, which covers tuition, room and board for four years at The George Washington University and is valued at over $250,000.
As with previous graduating classes, this year’s seniors leave Thurgood Marshall Academy imbued with a sense of community that includes the faculty and staff, fellow classmates, and younger students. In talking to the Class of 2013, Ms. Levine found a desire among the seniors to advise rising sophomores, juniors, and most of all, the Class of 2014 about the college application process. She explains: “the seniors recognize the importance and value of gaining the perspective of another student who’s just been there and successfully applied to college.”
Graduating seniors will be taking the stage at the Thurgood Marshall Academy and Savoy Elementary School Athletic Center on Wednesday, June 12th to receive their diplomas in front of their families, friends, and members of the community. Admission is by ticket only, and there is limited capacity.