Recent Alumni Early Career Award of Merit recognizes his work with the Delaware College Scholars Program

Dr. Tony Alleyne of Middletown was honored with the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Recent Alumni Early Career Award of Merit May 12 during in the university’s alumni weekend Celebration of Educators.

The Recent Alumni Award recognizes an outstanding graduate who has shown outstanding service to the University of Pennsylvania and Graduate School of Education prior to their 10th reunion year and is setting an inspirational example for future alumni of Penn Graduate School of Education. 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.

Alleyne is the founder and executive director of the Delaware College Scholars Program which offers high-achieving students with no clear path to college the opportunity to prepare for college and complete the college admission process. Many of the students are the first in their family to attend college.

“Tony's work with Delaware College Scholars represents an outstanding story in our alumni community and impacts the lives of the many students and families his program supports,” said Marsha Comegno, president of Penn GSE’s alumni association. “We were honored to recognize Tony during the Celebration of Educators and look forward to seeing all that he can accomplish in the years ahead. Every year, Penn GSE’s Education Alumni Association receives nominations that highlight the impact our graduates are having across the country and around the world throughout the field of education. The Penn GSE Recent Alumni Early Career Award of Merit recognizes alumni who graduated and hit the ground running, setting an inspirational example for future alumni through their accomplishments.”

Through his research, expertise and initiative, Alleyne created and continues to expand the state’s only tuition-free residential college preparation program for Delaware students in need of assistance. The program offers three summers of college-level academic courses, admissions assistance and lessons about college life in a dormitory setting to help students gain admission and to stay in college.

The program boasts a 92 percent acceptance rate to four-year colleges.

After receiving the award, Alleyne said, “It’s truly an honor to be selected from such a distinguished group of my peers. The skills I learned during my doctoral studies have 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.”

Alleyne received his Ed.D 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 NJ Seeds, a core member advisor at Teach for America and was a recipient of the prestigious Klingenstein Fellowship at Columbia University.