Many of this year's graduating seniors have to commit to college within the next two weeks. How can we help low-income college students make smart financial decisions that will set them up for success? Oscar Sweeten-Lopez offers tips and tools.
Every April 10, we invite 300 graduating high school students into the Dell Scholars Program. The students we select are a triple threat: they embrace academic rigor, they demonstrate substantial character, and, although young, they have already overcome substantial hardships. This year, we wanted to share some of their stories, starting with Ziqiu and Magdalena.
The serial events that lead so many low-income college students to drop out of college sometimes remind me of a recent DirecTV ad. The commercial is intended to be funny, but it parallels the compounding struggles faced by low-income college students in a painful way.
My mom cut grape vines. The summer before my freshmen year, she was diagnosed with cancer. I could have given up and focused entirely on what was happening at home, or I could have given up and blamed my defeat on cancer, but I didn't. I still did all of my work.
What’s the most effective college persistence strategy? There are a lot of contenders for that role, but near the top is peer-to-peer mentoring. Meet the our Dell Scholar Ambassadors, and learn what they do to help other students stay in school and graduate.
I hope I never earn the title “Dream Crusher.” It’s not one I want, and it’s not one I think I deserve. But I believe that the concept of “living the dream” excludes student loan burdens that extend into retirement. So if the tradeoff is a Dell Scholar who makes it through to graduation, I'll learn to live with it.