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Fourteen years after being accepted into the highly selective Kaplan Leadership Program at the Kaplan Educational Foundation (KEF).
First-generation student Nolvia Delgado to take the helm of the Foundation as its next leader: a living testament to the program’s mission to provide high-potential community college students with the opportunity to attend top four-year universities and to become leaders in their professions and communities.
A graduate of Borough of Manhattan Community College (’09) and Smith College (’11), Delgado represents the talent that KEF’s nationally recognized Kaplan leadership program seeks to develop.
The program helps high-ability, low-income community college students from underrepresented communities complete their associate degrees and transfer successfully to the nation’s most selective schools.
Kaplan Scholars receive stipends for living expenses, in-depth tutoring, academic advising, leadership and career training, and other resources and support to help them complete their four-year bachelor’s degree, expand their personal goals and eventually achieve leadership roles in their professions and communities.
Beyond first-hand experience as a KLP Fellow, Delgado brings professional experience in program development, community outreach and engagement, fundraising, and partnership development to her new role.
This includes work in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including a stint at KEF as a Program Development Associate (his first Kaplan Scholar hire) and as a Fundraising Manager and charitable partnerships for Kaplan International in London.
Most recently, she joined KEF from global law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she served as Community Engagement Specialist.
Delgado will succeed Nancy Lee Sànchez, who has accepted a position with the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society as Chief Opportunity Officer.
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As part of the transition, Sànchez will remain with KEF until the spring and will continue to remain engaged in the future.
“At KEF, we are committed to ensuring our fellows are prepared to lead in their communities and in their professions,” Sànchez said. “I believe there is no better way to commit to your mission and show your confidence in its practices than to hire those you have trained and prepared for leadership. I have always said that I hoped that one day a Kaplan Leadership Scholar would lead KEF, and that day has arrived. As I pass the KEF torch to Nolvia, I know she will pick up and carry her flame to support, guide, serve and champion the goals and dreams of the next generation of Kaplan Leadership Scholars.
Delgado said, “The Kaplan Educational Foundation has changed my life. It broadened my perspective, taught me to dream big, and equipped me with the leadership skills to make that dream a reality. It is through the Foundation that – as a first-generation Spanish speaker – I have been able to be a voice for students and families in New York, an advocate for refugees in London, and a bridge between the public, social and sectors private. As a proud KLP graduate, I am thrilled to return home to the Foundation and lead the next generation of KLP scholars as they strive to achieve their big dreams.
Since its inception in 2006, the Kaplan Leadership Program has helped more than 100 Scholars gain admission to the nation’s most competitive schools, including Yale, Stanford, Brown, Amherst, Cornell, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and many more.
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Eighty-seven percent of KLP scholars earn a bachelor’s degree. Today, Fellows practice law and medicine, conduct scientific research, serve in business, education and engineering, lead government and public and private industries.
For more information on Kaplan Leadership Scholars and how to apply to become a scholar: http://www.kaplanedfoundation.org
The Kaplan Educational Foundation
The Kaplan Educational Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) public charitable organization founded by Kaplan, Inc., a global leader in education and career services.
The Foundation provides high-ability, low-income students with academic and financial support, as well as leadership training to raise their expectations of success and open doors to life- and community-changing opportunities.
For more information, please visit www.kaplanedfoundation.org.
Kaplan is a global educational services company that provides individuals, universities and businesses with a diverse range of services, including higher and professional education, test preparation, language training, business and leadership training, student recruitment, online enablement and other academic support services. .
With operations in nearly 30 countries, Kaplan serves nearly 1.1 million students each year and has partnerships with more than 2,000 universities, colleges and schools/school districts, and more than 4,000 companies worldwide.
Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC). For more information, please visit www.kaplan.com.
Photo credit: Nolvia for the Kaplan Educational Foundation