Why you should apply

The best way to describe the DYLN experience is through the Scholars’ own words.

“I just wanted to thank the DYLN program for teaching me so much about leadership, the value of getting involved in the community, and most importantly – interviewing. It has led me a long way and I would not be the same person without being able to take part in such a amazing opportunity.”
– Neelam, DYLN ’13

“Every single person, from the founders, to the mentors, to the peer mentors, is one hundred percent invested in not only the program but also in you …When you join DYLN you join a team. Your team.”
– Jim, DYLN ’14

“The day before I left for college, I was able to talk on the phone with my DYLN mentor, Kristin! She gave me some fantastic advice, and I was reminded that the skills and lessons I learned in DYLN continue to help me and inspire me.”
– Jamie, DYLN ‘13

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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 of 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.