Program: Urban Education
Geography: United States

The GPA requirement of the Dell Scholars Program is Grit, Potential and Ambition. We reward low-income, highly motivated students who are better than their numbers indicate and demonstrate the drive to succeed despite personal obstacles.  Our scholars are often in the academic middle, may be first-generation college students and might not appear to be storybook college students. Yet, they’ve got impressive GPA:

  • Grit by overcoming personal challenges in their lives related to their families, schools or communities.
  • Potential by participating in college readiness programs and seeking out academic rigor.
  • Ambition by dreaming of obtaining a college degree.

These students are often overlooked but have enormous potential to be successful in college if given the right opportunity, skills and support.


Our goal is to ensure that students are equipped to graduate from college, and we work with each scholar individually to reach that goal.  Well beyond financial aid, we provide ongoing support and assistance to address all of the emotional, lifestyle, and financial challenges that may prevent our scholars from completing college – from dealing with stress, to getting out of debt, to tackling substance abuse or child care if life circumstances should require it.


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