The Dell Scholars Program is about you, and your determination to succeed.
This is a program that looks beyond academic performance and grades. You don’t need the highest grades to apply. It rewards your determination to achieve great things through higher education.
Unlike many other college scholarships, the Dell Scholars Program recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance.
Criteria for Application
To be eligible to apply for the Dell Scholars Program scholarship, you must meet the below listed criteria:
Participating in a Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approved college readiness program for a minimum of two of the last three years.
Graduating from an accredited high school this academic year.
Earning a minimum of a 2.4 GPA.
Demonstrated need for financial assistance.
Planning to enter a bachelor's degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after your graduation from high school.
U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.
Dell Scholars are students who demonstrate their desire and ability to overcome barriers and to achieve their goals. Your application will be evaluated on your:
Individual determination to succeed
Future goals and plans to achieve them
Ability to communicate the hardships you have overcome or currently face
Self motivation in completing challenging coursework
Demonstrated need for financial assistance
How to apply
Completing the online application is the first step to becoming a Dell Scholar. Once submitted, all applications will be assessed, and a group of Dell Scholar Semifinalists will be selected. Semifinalists are asked to submit a current copy of their high school transcript, a complete Student Aid Report (SAR) from their FAFSA, and an online recommendation. After the semifinalist information is submitted, all information is reviewed by an independent selection committee.
The application will ask about the following:
The different responsibilities you have in addition to school at both work and home.
You will be able to describe your life at home, tell us about your family, your greatest challenges and adversities, how you overcame them, and why you have the determination to succeed.
Information about your classes, your college readiness program experience, and future plans for college.
Information on your level of financial need.
We don't focus on just your grades/test scores but how you have prepared yourself for college
We don’t ask for a laundry list of activities and club involvement
We do ask for a drive to push yourself to earn a bachelor degree
College Readiness Program Guidelines
The Dell Scholars Program is available to students participating in approved college readiness/college access programs. If your school/area has a program that you believe meet the criteria below, please submit the informational request for your program to be reviewed for inclusion in the Dell Scholars Program.
College readiness/college access program requirements for inclusion in the Dell Scholars Program:
Reaches students in the academic middle, underserved populations, or first generation college students.
Academic preparation through rigorous coursework, AP courses, IB programs, dual enrollment, college admissions preparation, academic workshops, and meetings to improve students' academic readiness for college.
Financial preparation through completion of the FAFSA, financial aid education, application assistance.
Philosophy of not relying on the "numbers" but rather a focus on non-cognitive evaluation.
Personal preparation of student for college through mentoring/advising.
Begins working with students no later than junior year
Meetings/programs with students and advisors no less than monthly during school year
Sufficient data indicating success of program
Ability to be replicated at other schools/locations
Acceptance of college readiness/college access programs into the Dell Scholars Program is at the sole discretion of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.
Approved College Readiness Programs
The Dell Scholars Program works with college readiness programs who prepare students with demonstrated financial need for college. Several studies have shown that completing rigorous academic curriculums in high school and providing students opportunities to learn about colleges, financial aid, and campus life helps students overcome socioeconomic disadvantages. Preparing more completely for college in high school tends to result in increased college completion rates.
NOTE: College Readiness Programs may have similar names or only operate in certain geographies. Please read a full description of each college readiness program to ensure your program is on the approved list. You can see a brief description of the program by placing your mouse over the program name. Clicking on the program name will direct you to the program's website where you can read more details.
For more information and to apply, visit http://www.dellscholars.org
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