Katie Cotton of Carbondale graduated from The University of Scranton’s University of Success, a multi-year, pre-college program. From left: Margaret Loughney, University of Success program director; and 2017 University of Success graduates Paval Rodriguez of Scranton and Katie Cotton. Contributed

Katie Cotton of Carbondale is among the 18 high school students who completed The University of Scranton’s University of Success program, a multi-year, pre-college program that is designed for high school students to develop the skills needed to successfully gain acceptance to college.

All the graduates have been admitted to post-secondary schools or chose to enlist in military service. East Stroudsburg University, King’s College, Arcadia University, Pennsylvania State University and Rhode Island College are among the colleges University of Success graduates will attend.

Students enter the University of Success at the completion of the eighth grade and continue through their high school years.

The program offers enrichment courses in study skills, SAT prep, public speaking, math, science, art and cultural activities, as well as financial aid and wellness seminars.

The ultimate goal is for University of Success students to be accepted into a four-year college or university.

The University of Success, offered free of charge to participants, is funded almost entirely by corporate and foundation grants.

Donors to the program include AT&T, Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Dime Bank, Fidelity Bank, Kuehner Family Foundation, MetLife Foundation, Overlook Estate Foundation, Peoples Security Bank and Trust, PPL, Proctor and Gamble, Prudential Foundation, Waste Management and Wells Fargo.
Cotton, a graduate of Carbondale Area High School, plans to attend Pennsylvania State University.