AT&T contributes $25,000 to Lycoming College for summer college-preparation program

High-performing students from traditionally underserved communities will have the opportunity in July to prepare for a college education through a specially-designed program supported by a $25,000 contribution from AT&T.

The program is designed specifically for students who are the first in their families to attend college and introduces them to the benefits of a residential liberal arts college and campus life.

“We’re delighted to continue our relationship with AT&T that helps us give so many deserving students an exposure to the residential liberal arts model of higher education,” said Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte. “Helping students become familiar with college life and the opportunities a degree provides are key to helping them identify and attain career goals.”

Lycoming College Prep offers non-credit academic courses led by faculty, and workshops on preparing for college and the admissions application process. Professors offer courses in social and physical sciences and art as well as leadership workshops. Students also participate in a community-service experience and outdoor activities, including a kayaking excursion on the Susquehanna River. Lycoming students serve as mentors during the two-week program.

Fifteen to 20 rising high school seniors from across the U.S. attend Lycoming Prep each year. They come from local school districts and from several of Lycoming’s partnership schools including KIPP and YES Prep.

The students come from the following communities: Jersey Shore, Muncy, Montoursville, Philadelphia, Unityville, and Williamsport in Pennsylvania; Houston and Manor in Texas; Chicago, Ill.; Lynn, Mass.; Denver, Colo.; Bronx, N.Y.; Washington D.C.; and Los Angeles and Fillmore in California.

“At AT&T, we work with organizations across Pennsylvania and nationwide to help students develop the skills they’ll need in school, on the job and in life. Together with the team at Lycoming College, we can remove barriers to academic success and career growth, and help these students make their biggest dreams a reality,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic.

Schweder will participate in the closing ceremony on July 22.

The program was started in 2014 through the generous support of AT&T. This year’s program will take place July 9 to 23.

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