Dorson Scholars Program
FROM COLLEGE TO CAREER
In November 2019, we launched the Dorson Scholars Program, a tuition-free, four year, college prep program, to offer more structured and impactful support to our students. Each year, a cohort of 20 Dorson Scholars engage in year-round programming beginning in the ninth grade.
Our 5 Core Pillars
Our cohort-based, four-year program is anchored in our Dorson Scholars Curriculum, a holistic model comprised of five core pillars. These pillars are designed to develop our students into self-actualized individuals and agents of change in their communities with maximized postsecondary and career success.
Post-secondary Exposure, Readiness, and Access
Career Awareness & Professional Development
Service-Learning and Community Engagement
Transformative Summer Experiences
Each pillar is actively reflected in the scholar's journey through different programs and enrichment opportunities.
A Scholar's Journey
College Readiness Course
Workshops covering: study habits, time-management, public speaking and more
SAT prep, college advising, application support and seminars discussing college admission
Career Development Course
Workshops covering: resume writing, networking, professional communications and more
Guest speakers from a wide variety of industries and careers
Chance to leverage networks into mentorship and internship opportunities
Support of the whole person, not just the student
Discussions around self-advocacy, self-care, stress management, and more
Hands-on project-based workshops and exposure to the STEM academic and career pipeline
Participation in Feed the Homeless & Toys for Tot Initiatives every fall and winter
Chance to plan, coordinate, and execute a spring community give-back initiative.
College Immersion Program
Travel Abroad Program
All-expenses-paid scholarships through the Student Diplomacy Corps to travel abroad to countries such as Albania, China, Italy, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, and Uruguay
STEM Internship Program
Chance to earn a full-time paid internship with Tenna, an Internet of Things (IoT) tech company in Edison, NJ
At the conclusion of their four years with the Dorson Scholars Program, students will have developed a sense of personal, college and career awareness while possessing the tools and self-confidence to succeed in college and beyond.
Recap of Year 1 of the Dorson Scholars Program (Class of 2023)
This is a celebration of the first year with our first cohort of Dorson Scholars, Class of 2023. Here, we showcase highlights of 2019-2020 with our Scholars.