Yale Cancelled DC Teen’s Spot In Summer Program Due To Money


We’ve posted a couple of articles about how deserving Black Students, even some from the DMV, have been accepted and received scholarships into prestigious IVY league schools this fall.

But this is not one of those stories.

Eighteen-year-old Zach Wood, a brilliant young man from the Ward 8 neighborhood finds himself stymied by poverty from a spot in the Ivy League.

Zach Wood has won admission to some of the country’s most prestigious summer college programs. But he can’t afford to go, and the wealthy private schools are offering very little help.

Wood grew up in one of Washington D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods, but his living conditions never stopped him from working hard at his studies. He travels 2.5 hours to attend a private school and is currently finishing high school credits online as he prepares for college. He has big dreams but his financial status is a continuous roadblock that he must make his way around.

Zach was accepted to some of the best summer programs in the country at colleges such as Yale and Stanford but his finances were nowhere near enough to cover the steep tuition. Sadly, the schools did not offer many opportunities for financial aid either. He’s currently planning to attend Williams College, the best liberal arts school in the country, where he’ll double major in political science. After he gets his liberal arts degree, he plans on attending Harvard Law School, where he’ll strive to graduate summa cum laude.

Zach was overjoyed when he’d received letters from some of the most prestigious schools in the country confirming his acceptance into their summer programs. Sadly that excitement was short-lived when he realized he was expected to come up with $10,000. Yale eventually cancelled his spot in their program because he couldn’t afford it.

With all of the money that is donated to prestigious institutions, you’d think they’d be willing to foot the bill for bright talent like Zach.

Zach finds it crazy that Ivy League institutions say they are willing to help needy students, yet his opportunity was cancelled because he didn’t have enough money. He is still very thankful to be enrolling in Williams College in the fall and is looking forward to his college years on a partial scholarship.


UDATE:  When Peggy Cooper Cafritz, a Washington, D.C., arts patron, saw on the news that this local teenager would not be able to attend a prestigious summer Ivy League program because of the price, she was spurred to action.

She called the station to say she would help Zach Wood, whose story aired on the station Wednesday. He was up to $6,000 short of his fundraising goal at gofundme.com, he toldWUSA9’s Bruce Leshan.


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