Tony Alleyne, founder and executive director of the Delaware College Scholars Program, was honored with the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Recent Alumni Award.

Alleyne accepted the award May 12 at the university’s alumni weekend Celebration of Educators.

Nominees were evaluated on their significant contributions in their field, professional achievement or community service and the devotion of significant time, energy and enthusiasm for volunteerism.

As founder and executive director of DCS, Alleyne is responsible for the creation of one of the more highly-regarded college preparation and persistence programs in the state of Delaware. Through his research, expertise and initiative, Alleyne created, and continues to expand, the state’s tuition-free residential college preparation program for Delaware’s high-achieving students with no clear path to college. DCS’ students boast a more-than-90 percent acceptance rate to four-year colleges.

“It’s truly an honor to be selected from such a distinguished group of my peers. The skills I learned during my doctoral studies has directly contributed to the way I lead DCS. I lean on the many great leaders I’ve met throughout my studies to continue to develop and enhance the DCS program for the benefit of its participants,” said Alleyne.

Alleyne received his doctorate of education in education leadership and administration from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. He is also an alumnus of Wesleyan University and Columbia University. He previously served as the senior associate director of admissions at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, the dean of student advisement at New Jersey Seeds, a corps member adviser at Teach for America and was a recipient of the Klingenstein Fellowship at Columbia University.