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Peter Lynn ’69

“We want to continue to forge a

partnership with an organization that

is dedicated to supporting high school

students, especially those growing up in

a challenging environment, so they can

achieve their best,” said Welch, CEO at

AutoTrakk, a leading automobile leasing

company, who has served on Lycoming’s

Board of Trustees since 2007. “Dedicated

financial support from the College will

assist these students in benefitting from

a liberal arts education.”

Lynn, a Washington, D.C., area

business owner who has served on

the board for 14 years, agrees. “Both

Lycoming College and I strongly believe

all qualified high school students should

be provided the opportunity to pursue

an affordable college education.”

The scholarship will be given to a

KIPP freshman every fall and will fund

the student throughout his or her four

years at Lycoming.

The scholarship is only part of the

equation for KIPP students. Because

most of these students are the first in

their families to

go to college,

and can’t

necessarily

rely

upon their parents to

help them navigate the

channels of academic

life, the students are

enrolled in a mentoring

program for their first

two years.

“We realize that

learning happens in

the context of the

relationships students

build with faculty, staff

and their peers,” said

Andrew Kilpatrick,

associate dean of student

success and academic

services. “The mentoring

program is one of

the highlights of our

services, helping KIPP

students adapt to the

greater expectations of college life.”

Kilpatrick works with Jessica Hess,

director of admissions, and Dr. Dan

Miller, vice president for student life and

dean of students, to enroll and counsel

KIPP students.

The mentoring program entails

having Lycoming professors meet with

students individually and as a group

throughout each semester. These faculty

and professional staff advise them on

coursework and help them evaluate and

select a major, if they haven’t already

done so. They also organize a number

of activities tailored to the needs of

their group, like mini-classes on time

management and research skills,

introductions to campus resources

and social events like snow

tubing.

When discussing

the program’s success,

Kilpatrick thinks of

Naheem Height ’19, a

political science major

who is considering

working toward civil

rights for low-income

minorities. “For me,

KIPP has been a

lifesaver. Growing up in

Newark, N.J., I didn’t think college was

an option for me. Graduating from high

school alone was a major achievement

for someone in my circumstances — and

now I’m at Lycoming. None of this would

have been possible without KIPP.”

Another KIPP student, accounting

and finance major, Deborah Sharp

’18, discussed her passion for helping

first-generation college students and

minorities. “KIPP helped me change my

path by showing me that I had choices.

When I go home, I always visit KIPP

Baltimore to talk to students from

lower-income neighborhoods who don’t

think they have an opportunity to go to

college. KIPP has taught me that it’s all

in your mindset, and I try to help others

understand this.”

About three dozen KIPP alumni are

currently enrolled at Lycoming College.

The first scholarship was awarded to

Nathalie Montoya ’20 of Houston.

“This scholarship is a wonderful

addition to our school’s commitment to

making sure that everyone who dreams

of becoming a doctor, a lawyer or an

entrepreneur has a path toward their

goal,” said Kilpatrick.

For me, KIPP has

been a lifesaver ...

I didn’t think

college was an

option for me ...

and now I’m at

Lycoming.

KIPP has taught

me that it’s all

in your mindset,

and I try to

help others

understand this.

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Naheem Height

Deborah Sharp

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