Borough Of Manhattan Community College Kaplan Scholars 2022 College Acceptances

August 4, 2022

The Kaplan Educational Foundation (KEF) celebrates the latest college acceptances from their 15th cohort of scholars in the Kaplan Leadership Program

Established in 2006, the Kaplan Leadership Program helps high-potential, low-income and underrepresented community college students complete their associate’s degree, successfully transfer and go on to earn a four-year bachelor’s degree at the nation’s most highly-selective schools.

The program focuses on a holistic approach – providing extensive tutoring, academic advisement services, leadership and career training, stipends for living expenses, and other resources and support to help them expand their personal goals, and eventually attain leadership roles in their professions and communities.

The 2022 Kaplan Leadership Scholars and their college acceptances:

  • Marlon Arteaga, Union County College – the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Elhadj Barry, Bronx Community College – Brown University
  • Angel Beebe, Hudson County Community College – Smith College
  • Fambougouri Diane, Bronx Community College – Tufts University
  • Aïssata Diop, Bronx Community College –  Smith College
  • Sybel Francois, Union County College – Claremont McKenna College
  • Raquel Hernandez, Borough of Manhattan Community College – the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
  • Quiana James – Borough of Manhattan Community College – New York University
  • Belicia Kensah – Union County College – Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • Gabriel Morillo – Bronx Community College – Haverford College
  • Ndongo Njie – Hostos Community College – Princeton University

In the past there have been Harlem scholars such as Antoine Hunter is currently at Yale University, majoring in History of Science Medicine and Public Health. Prior to Yale, he attended Hostos Community College in the Bronx.

Another Kaplan Leadership Scholar from Harlem is Mohamed Yusuf Aden. Mohamed is currently a student at Cornell University, majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering with, Minor in Sustainable Energy Systems. Prior to Cornell, Mohamed also attended Hostos Community College in the Bronx.

Students also received acceptances from Pomona College, Mt. Holyoke College, Occidental College, University of Rochester, University of Michigan, and Wellesley College.

Since KEF’s inception, Kaplan Leadership Scholars have been accepted to the country’s most competitive schools. This year, KEF has its first acceptance to Princeton University and Haverford College. Eighty-seven percent of Kaplan Scholars earn a bachelor’s degree. 

“While COVID-19 continued to create challenges for our scholars, given the fact that the diverse and resilient talent that the nation needs to fuel the economy can be found in our community colleges, we felt it was particularly important that we remain committed to our mission and celebrate the achievements of our students at this time,” says Nolvia Delgado, Executive Director of KEF. “This year’s cohort continues to represent the wide diversity that exists in U.S. community colleges, including non-traditional age students, recent immigrants, first-generation and ESL learners, and others pursuing degrees in education, STEM, computer science, medicine, law and other fields. We’re excited to continue to remove barriers and provide greater access to higher education for talented, motivated individuals.”

For more information on the Kaplan Leadership Scholars and how to apply to be a scholar

The Kaplan Educational Foundation

The Kaplan Educational Foundation was founded by Kaplan, Inc., a global leader in education and career services. 

The Foundation provides high-potential, low-income students with academic and financial support, and leadership training to raise their expectations for success and open doors to opportunities that will change their lives and communities.

For more information, please visit

Kaplan, Inc.

Kaplan, Inc. is a global educational services company that helps individuals and institutions advance their goals in an ever-changing world.

Our broad portfolio of solutions help students and professionals advance their education and careers, universities and educational institutions attract and support students, and businesses maximize employee recruitment, development, and advancement.

Stanley Kaplan founded our company in 1938 with a mission to expand educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds.

Today, thousands of Kaplan employees in 27 countries continue Stanley’s mission, working with students and professionals and 12,000 corporate and 4,000 school and university clients worldwide.

Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC).

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