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Chanel Gaither has established the Minorities Achieving Collegiate Success organization.
4 p.m., May 30, 2013--In many ways, Chanel Gaithers name is synonymous with the nonprofit she started.
Its been a really great resource, says Synclaire Oglesby, an
Honors Program student and biological sciences major from Wilmington,
Del., speaking of the Minorities Achieving Collegiate Success (MACS) program. Ms. Chanel has been my mentor throughout. She understands where I come from.
The first in her family to attend college, recent master of public
administration alumna Chanel Gaither created MACS to help others like
her navigate all aspects of the college process, from selecting a
school, to applying for financial aid, to meeting admissions deadlines,
to ultimately thriving once on campus.
Launched in 2004 and incorporated in 2008, the program has worked
with scores of high school students from Delaware, and all of them have
eventually gone on to college.
Thirty MACS graduates are currently in college -- nearly half at the
University of Delaware -- and more than a dozen have already earned
their undergraduate degrees. Two alums are currently in graduate
programs at other institutions.
This fall, five MACS students will be attending UD, all pursing
education in science, engineering and medical disciplines: three in
engineering, one in nursing and one through the Associates in Arts
Program, with plans to study speech pathology.
Parents really see me and MACS as their childs advocate, says
Gaither. Most of the families I worked with have never been through
this process before, so my goal is to help them at every step.
This includes a range of opportunities
-- SAT prep, visits to regional colleges, trips to college fairs,
assistance with the Common Application, help on the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid, and frequent check-ins with students after they
A recent graduate of the School of Public Policy and Administrations masters in public administration program with a focus in education policy, Gaither has worked with UDs ASPIRE program to give prospective students early exposure to UD. She also served as a research assistant for the McNair Scholars, helping prepare current minority and first-generation students for graduate study.
Gaither hopes to apply her education and experience to growing the
MACS program into something that could one day become a national model.
I think college access is one of the greatest issues of our day,
she says. I want to do my part to help as many students achieve
collegiate success as I can.
Originally published by UDaily
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