Six SAISD seniors among 2018 Dell Scholars

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has selected six SAISD seniors to become part of its 2018 Dell Scholars cohort. The Dell Scholars include one senior from Edison HS, two from Fox Tech HS, two from Travis Early College HS, and one from Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

SAISD’s Dell Scholars are listed below, along with the college plans they listed in their applications:

Edison HS – Kyra Thomas who plans to attend Howard University.

Fox Tech HS – Richard Garcia who plans to attend Adelphi University and Danniella Villarreal who plans to attend Sam Houston State University.

Travis Early College HS – Alicia Rose Ambler who plans to attend Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Natalia Ayala who plans to attend Texas A&M University-College Station.

YWLA – Rachel Pina who plans to attend University of Texas at San Antonio.

The Dell Scholarship is more than a financial award. Dell Scholars is a personalized, multi-faceted college completion program that provides students, typically the first in their families to attend college, with key supports they need to obtain a college degree. The program meets a multitude of students’ needs:

  • A $20,000 scholarship available for at least six years to lessen loans and debt.
  • A laptop, textbook credits, tutoring and other supports.
  • Webcasts and communication on timely topics that students need to know about during their college journey.
  • Ongoing support for the emotional, financial and life challenges that may prevent students from completing college.
  • A Scholars Resource Network that connects students with resources to deal with challenges such as stress, debt, managing child care and other life circumstances.

In addition to the academic GPA, the Dell Scholars program looks for another type of GPA in its scholars – that of Grit, Potential and Ambition.

As a result, Dell Scholars are 25 percent more likely to earn their bachelor’s degrees within four to six years of high school graduation compared to students of similar socioeconomic backgrounds. In addition, only half of Dell Scholars graduate with any debt, and the average debt for those who borrow is less than $15,000 (approximately half the national average).