Temple University Teams Up With Philly Nonprofit To Get Teens Interested In College

Justin Udo
April 19, 2018 - 2:55 pm
Temple University and the nonprofit organization College Possible teamed up to help local students maneuver through the rigors of academia.

Justin Udo


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Applying to, going to and succeeding in college can be tough tasks, but even more so if you're a first-generation student.

That's why Temple University and the nonprofit organization College Possible have teamed up to help local low-income students maneuver through the rigors of academia. 

Teaming up with a local university is imperative to keeping home-grown talent at home, according to College Possible.

"We mostly work with low-income students, minority students, and we kind of target the academic middle," said Kelly Smemo on the College Community Partners Team with College Possible. 

They help with everything from finding financial aid to preparing for the SAT, and stay by the student's side until he or she graduates. 

On Thursday, they took students on a tour of Temple to give them a real taste of college life.

"It's a great opportunity for them to really set foot on a campus and see that it's a real possibility for them," Smemo said.

"For many students, it's their first time on a campus, so we help them understand what they see and think about it with their family and think about their future," said Jen Weikert, executive director of College Possible. "We want to keep students local, where they can thrive on campus, where there is an affordability advantage, because that is important for low-income, first-generation students."

She also noted their are great options for higher education right around the corner.

Upper Darby High School junior Selda Oktay appreciated the opportunity to visit Temple's campus, a place where she said she feels right at home.

"Being here going through everything is making me so excited," she said, "and I can definitely say this is my No. 1 school."

Upper Darby junior Nidhen Chacko echoed Oktay, adding this trip was crucial to his college search.

"Temple has been a school I've been looking at for years now, and it's good that I finally got the opportunity to actually come here," he said.