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Mekhiya Willis ’21 has been accepted to WashU’s prestigious College Prep Program.

Thursday, May 24, 2018  
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Washington University in St. Louis has admitted 50 rising high school sophomores, including IWA’s own Mekhiya Willis, into its innovative College Prep Program, a multiyear initiative that prepares high-achieving students with limited financial resources for college.

The students represent public, private and charter schools from across the region. They will live and study on campus for three summers, participating in science labs, preparing their college essays and studying with top university faculty.

This is the fifth cohort of the College Prep Program. Launched in 2014, the program recently celebrated the graduation of Cohort 2’s 34 members, all of whom were accepted into college, including 11 scholars who will attend Washington University through the College Prep Scholarship.

“We are excited to welcome another cohort of outstanding scholars to the College Prep Program,” said College Prep founder Leah Merrifield, associate vice chancellor for community engagement and St. Louis college readiness. “Now in our fifth year, the College Prep Program has a proven track record of preparing scholars academically and socially for college.”