Daemen College Bringing College Summit Back June 26 to 30, 2013

Daemen is Only Four Year WNY College Offering College Summit Workshops


June 13, 2013



Contacts:   Mike Andrei                                    

                 Director- College Relations             

                 (716) 839-8472                               



                 Frank Williams

                 Dean of Admissions

                 Daemen College

                 (716) 839-8225 (main#)  (direct line) 839-8485



                 Keith Frome, Ed.D.

                 Co-Founder & Chief Academic Officer

                 College Summit

                 (716) 362-0321 (home)  (cell) (716) 864-0503



            College Summit Workshops are returning to Daemen College June 26-30, 2013. Through the workshops, low income high school students are offered the support and guidance to help make their dreams of a college education a reality.


           Nationally, 79 percent of low income students who go through College Summit workshops enroll and succeed in college; unassisted, fewer than 55 percent of all low-income students ever enroll in a college or university. Counselors, writing instructors, and other staff members assist students in clearly telling their life stories and guide them through college admissions procedures – processes which often serve as barriers to families where no one has entered higher education.


           “College Summit has achieved notable, significant success in enabling more young people from low-income communities to attend college,” noted Daemen President Gary A. Olson.


           “In offering these workshops, we are joining with College Summit in making an important difference at a crucial point in these students’ lives: Increasing their opportunities for higher education.”


           Buffalo resident Keith Frome, co-founder of College Summit, notes that Bill Gates and President Barack Obama have taken a personal interest in his work. Frome, former Headmaster of Elmwood Franklin School, is a regular recipient of funding from The Gates Foundation.


            The reason is College Summit’s national success in making possible the dreams of a college education for students from low-income and distressed neighborhoods. So much so that it caught the attention of Gates and the President.


             Here in Western New York, more than 200 students have completed College Summit workshops on the Daemen College campus in the past five years. Over 3,000 low-income high school seniors attend College Summit workshops across the country each summer. Daemen will again collaborate with College Summit this month for the sixth straight year – the only four year college in upstate New York to offer the workshops.       


           Students who complete College Summit workshops overcome significant, often severe obstacles, including low income, lack of home support, and crime-ridden neighborhoods. Individually, the students have solid grades and the potential for college achievement, but each lacks a critical element: the support and know-how to allow them to successfully navigate the higher education admissions process. Daemen and College Summit, together with a team of counselors, writing instructors, and other staff, offer the opportunity for a better life.


           Now, many College Summit students are entering their freshman, sophomore, and junior years at Daemen, carrying majors such as psychology, nursing, and business/sports management.


            “Our national education system needs to ensure that all young people are college-ready,” said Frome, co-founder and Chief Academic Officer for College Summit. “Low income students who get A’s go to college at the same rate as high-income students who get D’s. Nationally, there is a huge movement to increase college opportunities for low-income students.


           “It is a top priority of the Obama Administration and the number one priority of The Gates Foundation. Both are strong supporters of College Summit – we were thrilled that President Obama donated a portion of his Nobel Prize money to us. As a Buffalo resident, I am proud that every summer we are able to add to the success rate of this national movement at Daemen College.”


             “The students who are in the workshops have talent and academic potential not revealed by their SAT scores,” said Daemen Dean of Admissions Frank S. Williams. “Through the workshops, with the assistance of writing coaches and staff, they are able to write college application essays that reveal who they are, and where they have come from. Their life stories are often compelling.”


            “Up until this point, our national education system has not systematically ensured that all young people who are college-ready actually make it to college,” Frome noted. “Our national economy demands that we tap all of the nation’s talent, no matter their background.


           “College Summit believes that schools that address this college enrollment gap are signaling their commitment both to delivering a rigorous, high quality education to all students, and to connecting that education to a promising future in college and beyond. In Buffalo, at Daemen, we are a part of making that happen,” added Williams. 



           Founded in 1993 with four students at a teen center in the basement of a low-income housing project in Washington, D.C., College Summit has raised the success rate for low-income students entering higher education. College Summit workshops are centered on the belief that all students can achieve in secondary and post-secondary education.  


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