Scholars off to a bright start in Wilmington as they begin program's inaugural year
The AAP's Summer Scholars Program, a branch of UD's Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) program and part of the Wilmington Partnership, is off to a promising start in Wilmington! CEI Summer Scholars programs provide highly motivated undergraduates the opportunity to immerse themselves in a community-based research or creative project under the direction of a faculty mentor. Students dedicate 10 weeks to their projects in the summer and continue to complete three credits' worth of research in the next academic year.
The AAP's 2018 Summer Scholars — Adolphus Fletcher, Liam Stewart, Sam Gibbs, Christian Wills, Rahsel Holland, and Derola Bolarinwa — are working with faculty mentor Dr. David Teague and Public Allies Delaware and are dedicating their summer to the greater good: conducting research, developing collaboration strategies, and learning program implementation skills in a broader initiative devoted to creating opportunities for youth in Wilmington.
The AAP Scholars' hub of operations for the summer is the offices at 1313 Innovation, a business incubator space housed on the ground floor of downtown Wilmington's Hercules Building. The space is the brainchild of Delaware real estate entrepreneur Paul McConnell, whose company manages Hercules Plaza. AAP Scholars are also working closely with one of McConnell's pilot programs, Wilmington's Dual School, which is also housed within 1313 Innovation.