Students Complete University of Success Summer Institute
Twenty incoming ninth-grade students completed The University of Scranton’s University of Success two-week summer institute held on campus in July. The summer institute is the initial event for incoming members of the University of Success, a four-year, pre-college mentorship program. The goal of this program is to assist participating students to successfully complete high school and gain entrance into a college or university.
The University of Success helps students achieve this goal through a variety of activities and services from their current grade until they graduate from high school. The 20 students that completed the summer institute will continue to meet at The University of Scranton once a month.
The University of Success, offered free of charge to participants, is funded almost entirely by corporate and foundation grants. This year, support was received from AT&T, Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Dime Bank, Fidelity Bank, Medico Industries, MetLife Foundation, Overlook Estate Foundation, Peoples Security Bank and Trust, Prudential Foundation, Waste Management and Wells Fargo.
Twenty students participated in The University of Scranton’s University of Success summer institute, which introduced students to the four-year mentoring program and included hands-on projects, presentations and field trips.
Front row, from left: Andrea Mantione, director of the Leahy Community Health and Family Center; Maria Vital, operations manager at the Leahy Community Health and Family Center; Kerilyn Pon, Taylor; Marissa Mae Tripus, Spring Brook Township; Izabell Hearst, Wilkes-Barre; Noemi Carreto, Scranton; Anthony Voglino, Carbondale; and Margaret Loughney, University of Success program director. Second row: Erika Olivares, Covington Township; Vincent Gigliotti, Carbondale; Delgis Isabel Belliard, Sterling; and Navruz Kadyrov, Scranton. Third row: Laxmi Dahal, Scranton; Taahairah Muhammad, Scranton; Jaileen Elizia Castro, Scranton; and Jacob McDonnell, Swoyersville. Fourth row: Nestor Ayala, Scranton; Ximena Jimenez, Scranton; and Sergio Benavides, Scranton. Fifth row: Jennifer Bach, Simpson; Alissa Burke, Dunmore; and Kadyn Brown, Scranton. Top row (left and right descending stairs): counselors Alyssa Potter and Jessica Lloyd; Erin Harrington, lead teacher; counselors Dorian Skinner and Justin Davis; and David Hopp, assistant teacher. Absent from photo is University of Success student Kaiona Nelson of Scranton.