This past semester, over 30 Thurgood Marshall Academy 10th and 11th grade students applied for OSSE Scholars, a free summer program sponsored by the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education. OSSE Scholars helps high-achieving high school sophomores and juniors to attend summer academic enrichment programs at some of the top-tier colleges in the country, including Boston University, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania.
TMA had over 2/3 of our eligible sophomores and juniors apply to OSSE Scholars this fall. Students submitted online applications, including a list of their classes, resume, and current transcripts, and interviewed with OSSE.
This year, Thurgood Marshall Academy had the highest number of applicants to OSSE Scholars out of all DC Public and Public Charter High Schools, and we were tied for the most acceptances (seven) out of any school. All seven TMA OSSE Scholars will receive free application help from OSSE, fee waivers for their summer programs, and have their program travel and housing covered through the program.
TMA’s OSSE Scholars are hard at work completing their final applications for these summer programs, which include writing personal statements, gathering recommendations from faculty, and choosing the courses they’ll take this summer! We wish them all the best as they get ready for their summers!
Our 2013 OSSE Scholars are:
Lucas Dabney, 11th grade, who will be attending Syracuse University’s Summer College
Antione Fenwick, 11th grade, attending Cornell’s Summer College for High School Students
Stewart Gray, 11th grade, Stanford’s Summer at Stanford High School Summer College
Tanazia Matthews, 11th grade, attending Boston University’s Summer Challenge Program
Rushawna May, 10th grade, attending University of Pennsylvania’s Summer Academy
Sakina Musa, 10th grade, Northwestern University’s College Prep IN FOCUS Seminars
Cer'cia Wallace, 10th grade, attending Barnard College’s Summer in the City