Bryan High School seniors Nicholas Anderson and Jade Love have been named 2012 Dell Scholars by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Anderson and Love are among 300 students nationwide who will receive $20,000 each to continue their higher education.
Most of the Dell Scholars are first-generation college students and are chosen because they participate in an approved college readiness program and maintain at least a 2.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale while dealing with personal responsibilities at home or in their communities. Dell Scholars will receive $20,000 each to continue their higher education for the next six years. More than just a check, the Dell Scholars Program also provides its students with technology, resources and mentoring to ensure they have the support they need to obtain a college degree. The additional resources have contributed to the program’s retention rate of almost 95 percent, well above the national average of 23 percent for students with the same socioeconomic profile.
“We award low-income or financially underserved students who perform better than their GPAs or test scores may indicate, and who have overcome some significant obstacles to pursue their education,” said Oscar Sweeten-Lopez, of the Dell Scholars Program at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. “Our program and support constantly evolves based on our experiences with students and schools but we continue to provide these students with unprecedented support for everything they need to obtain a college degree and graduate with far less debt than the average college student.”
“We are so proud of Nicholas and Jade for this exciting and well deserved recognition,” said Brie Garcia, Bryan High School AVID Coordinator and teacher. “Nicholas and Jade are both remarkable in their determination to succeed, complete AVID, a college-readiness program, and pursue a college degree to realize their goals.”
In addition to GPA and college readiness program participation, Dell Scholars requirements also include graduation from an accredited high school, demonstrated financial need and intent to enter a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall. The Dell Scholars Program uses its custom-built software with a sophisticated algorithm that helps predict a student’s propensity to graduate from college based on several factors, despite the personal challenges these determined, low-income students must address in their lives.
The Dell Scholars Program was named the 2008 “Scholarship Provider of the Year” by the National Scholarship Providers Association because of its unique scholar profile and retention success.
For a complete listing of the class of 2012 Dell Scholars, go to www.dellscholars.org.