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Monetary Awards Program for Black Students Celebrates First Award Recipients

Featured Posts | Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long | News | Office of the Lieutenant Governor | Date Posted: Friday, May 24, 2024


Students, families, and school leaders participate in the STAR-Delaware Merit Award ceremony on May 23, 2024.
STAR-Delaware Merit supports students’ educational enrichment and financial empowerment 
  
DOVER, Del. — Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long and school leaders gathered on Thursday to recognize more than 60 students as part of a new program to support the educational journeys of Black students.  
 
STAR-Delaware Merit is a statewide merit awards initiative coordinated by Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long’s Office in partnership with school district communities. The program directly engages sixth to eighth graders from minoritized communities through creative writing around their higher education aspirations. The initiative, which was launched in April, was funded through private dollars by the STAR Scholarship Foundation and philanthropist Paul Peck. The STAR-Delaware Merit volunteer board, created as part of the initiative, assists with implementation.   
 
“There is nothing more rewarding than seeing our students feel empowered, confident, and successful. The STAR-Delaware Merit program has nurtured those skills through mentorship and school support. It has been incredibly enlightening for us adults as we’ve seen dreams take shape for young people,” said Lt. Governor Hall-Long. “This award ceremony was just the beginning. I’d like to thank our participating schools and community organizations as well as philanthropist Paul Peck for uplifting educational supports all Delaware kids deserve.”  
 
As part of the program, qualifying students submitted essays to share their educational dreams, including what classes they are taking to help achieve those dreams. Students were eligible for awards ranging from $50-$150 as well as certificates. A key part of the initiative is mentoring for applicants. At the ceremony on Thursday in Dover, 61 students received monetary awards and heard keynote addresses from Ashley Christopher, Esq., CEO of the HBCU Week Foundation and Chuck Creekmur, journalist and CEO of AllHipHop.com.  
 
  
School leaders, STAR-Delaware Merit board members, and Department of Education Secretary Mark Holodick participated alongside the Lt. Governor. Students enrolled with the following programs were recognized:  
  • Center for Structural Equity   
  • Capital School District  
  • Colonial School District  
  • Christina School District  
  • Laurel School District  
“I was so thrilled to be part of this important ceremony. It was exciting to see the enthusiasm of the young people, hear from the amazing keynotes, and be with the educators and families. I cannot wait to see what our students accomplish through their educational careers and their next steps. Anything is possible!” said Karryl Hubbard, emcee for the event, STAR-Delaware Merit Board member and Delaware Department of Labor Secretary.    
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Monetary Awards Program for Black Students Celebrates First Award Recipients

Featured Posts | Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long | News | Office of the Lieutenant Governor | Date Posted: Friday, May 24, 2024


Students, families, and school leaders participate in the STAR-Delaware Merit Award ceremony on May 23, 2024.
STAR-Delaware Merit supports students’ educational enrichment and financial empowerment 
  
DOVER, Del. — Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long and school leaders gathered on Thursday to recognize more than 60 students as part of a new program to support the educational journeys of Black students.  
 
STAR-Delaware Merit is a statewide merit awards initiative coordinated by Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long’s Office in partnership with school district communities. The program directly engages sixth to eighth graders from minoritized communities through creative writing around their higher education aspirations. The initiative, which was launched in April, was funded through private dollars by the STAR Scholarship Foundation and philanthropist Paul Peck. The STAR-Delaware Merit volunteer board, created as part of the initiative, assists with implementation.   
 
“There is nothing more rewarding than seeing our students feel empowered, confident, and successful. The STAR-Delaware Merit program has nurtured those skills through mentorship and school support. It has been incredibly enlightening for us adults as we’ve seen dreams take shape for young people,” said Lt. Governor Hall-Long. “This award ceremony was just the beginning. I’d like to thank our participating schools and community organizations as well as philanthropist Paul Peck for uplifting educational supports all Delaware kids deserve.”  
 
As part of the program, qualifying students submitted essays to share their educational dreams, including what classes they are taking to help achieve those dreams. Students were eligible for awards ranging from $50-$150 as well as certificates. A key part of the initiative is mentoring for applicants. At the ceremony on Thursday in Dover, 61 students received monetary awards and heard keynote addresses from Ashley Christopher, Esq., CEO of the HBCU Week Foundation and Chuck Creekmur, journalist and CEO of AllHipHop.com.  
 
  
School leaders, STAR-Delaware Merit board members, and Department of Education Secretary Mark Holodick participated alongside the Lt. Governor. Students enrolled with the following programs were recognized:  
  • Center for Structural Equity   
  • Capital School District  
  • Colonial School District  
  • Christina School District  
  • Laurel School District  
“I was so thrilled to be part of this important ceremony. It was exciting to see the enthusiasm of the young people, hear from the amazing keynotes, and be with the educators and families. I cannot wait to see what our students accomplish through their educational careers and their next steps. Anything is possible!” said Karryl Hubbard, emcee for the event, STAR-Delaware Merit Board member and Delaware Department of Labor Secretary.    
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