High Schools

Why students should apply

Students who become DYLN Scholars apply their experience in the program to every facet of their lives –   in academics, on athletic fields, in clubs and extracurricular activities. They understand the importance of leading by example.

Participation in the DYLN Scholars program has given our students the confidence to be effective leaders in our school community.  In the classroom, on the athletic field, or on stage, our DYLN student leaders inspire respectful interaction and a humanitarian spirit in their peers.
– Lauren Ziady, Ph.D., Upper School Counselor at Sanford School

DYLN students present themselves well and understand the value of appropriate communication and articulate conversation. It is my observation that DYLN participants and graduates understand the power of networking and willingly share this acquired skill with their peers. In attending the graduations, I could see that the students had become a connected cohort, with the energy and purpose of a team in the workplace- what great preparation for the future!”
– Shirley Bounds, Principal of St. Elizabeth High School

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Who can apply?

Applicants must attend a school in Delaware
Applicant must be a rising high school junior
Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher

Application Timeline

Applications available
Student Application deadline
High School Deadline to Nominate Students
Candidate interviews
Late May
Candidates will be notified of their admittance to DYLN


What is expected from DYLN Scholars?

All DYLN Scholars will be required to attend every DYLN meeting and event. In addition, certain assignments will require time and preparation in between sessions. Since Scholars will be meeting distinguished leaders and speakers, a dress code will be enforced. Please see the Code of Responsibility in the application materials for more specific details on attendance and attire.

Can you tell me more about the mentors?

We conduct background checks on all DYLN Mentors and provide bios to the students. Our mentors will share real world experiences with the Scholars, offer additional support for program activities, and may assist with networking opportunities. A select number of DYLN graduates will be invited to become peer mentors during their senior year of high school.

How do Scholars get selected?

Interested students should complete the application and reference forms by the deadline. After reviewing all submitted applications from their students, high schools may nominate up to 3 candidates to continue the selection process with us. DYLN will interview a limited number of nominees to be considered for the next class of DYLN Scholars.

When are the DYLN meetings?

In general, we meet about once a month during the school year from September through April. We kick off with our DYLNduction in September. Monthly meetings are either Monday evenings from 6:00-8:30pm or Sunday afternoons from 2:00-5:00pm. Venues may vary but are usually in the Wilmington or Newark area. This year, we also had a few community service dates, and DYLN Scholars were expected to attend at least one of these events. Our program ends with the DYLN Graduation which is typically at the end of April.