An NPEA Member Spotlight On… Delaware College Scholars!

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Get to know Tony Alleyne, Executive Director of Delaware College Scholars:

Describe your program or your work in one sentence.

College access support for first-generation, marginalized Delawareans through an intense residential program (for 3 consecutive summers) followed by 4+ years of college persistence support.

What challenges do you or your organization/school face that you were hoping to
address by joining NPEA?

Finding new revenue streams to support our work and also finding strong new team members as we expand and grow as an organization.

What’s on your desk at the moment?

Pictures of my daughter competing in a recent Tough Mudder and HR paperwork for my summer staff

What are your goals for this year?

Successfully expand our program to a new host site (Delaware State University) and continue to spread the word about the great work our program is doing.

What have you found most helpful since you joined?

Networking at conferences

What’s one thing about your background that you’d like to share with the
membership?

I am a proud black heterosexual cis male birthed from Panamanian immigrant parents in Brooklyn, New York. I had a low-income upbringing and was the first in my family to attend and then graduate college. I consider myself ‘privileged poor’ due to the fact that I was given the opportunity to leave Brooklyn and attend a boarding school, which subsequently catapulted my educational opportunities for college and beyond. Lastly, I am a true hip-hop enthusiast with a sprinkle of The Beatles, Johnny Cash and Judah and the Lion.

What’s a hobby you use to relax outside of work?

Love working out – gym rat! Also, tend to binge watch good (and not so good) tv shows (recent loves are Game of Thrones, The Act, and slowly catching up on How To Get Away With Murder… can always do any Spike Lee Joint as well)

What’s your favorite way to stay on top of news about educational access?

Podcasts – my new guilty pleasure.

Is there anything you’d like to share with the rest of NPEA’s membership?

Education – in particular CBO support for marginalized groups – is not about reinventing the wheel. We all win and the populations we serve are ultimately helped more when we collaborate and share best practices. I do this work for my scholars and their families – and I can’t wait to learn from others to better support my scholars!