Core to our mission is the belief that a college education can open doors to a life of opportunity. With a degree in hand, individuals have the ability to land a better job, increase lifetime earnings, and lift their families out of poverty.
Dell Scholars was created to support an underserved population, students in the academic middle from low-income households, who are often among the first in their families to attend college. While each of our students receives a scholarship, the program is more than just a check. For many, Dell Scholars is a support system – sometimes the only one they have. From tutoring resources to financial issues to good old-fashioned moral support, we are someone to call (or more often, to text) when they aren’t sure where else to turn.
Only 20 percent of low-income students nationally will reach college graduation within six years, but Dell Scholars graduate with a bachelor’s degree at a rate of more than 80 percent. We believe that creating change at scale starts with changing individual lives.
Below, a few of our students share how Dell Scholars has supported them along the path to college graduation.
Luz Moreno | Sophomore at Texas A&M University
“Engineering is a very difficult major in general, but no one can prepare you for the workload, dedication, and hardships you will face. Dell Scholars is always there to support and encourage me to keep moving forward, especially during times where I wanted to give up.
I’ve been fortunate to share my experiences as a first-generation college student with a member of the Dell Scholars team who is also a first-generation student. Knowing that she has gone through the same struggles made my worst days better just by talking with her on the phone.” Learn more about Luz’s story.
Demetrius Nelson | Sophomore at The University of Wisconsin – Madison
“After experiencing some rough patches throughout my first year of college, Dell Scholars has grown to become a place of comfort and support by providing me with numerous resources. I’m not alone because of the Dell Scholars team.” Learn more about Demetrius’s story.
Andrew Solano | Junior at Stanford University
“I’m proud to have come from a low-income, minority, single-parent family from the south side of Chicago. I applied to college knowing that I would be the first person in my family to receive a college degree.
About a year ago, I decided to take a quarter off from school in order to organize my future aspirations, focus on my mental health, and spend time with my family. I had my doubts before making my decision, but Dell Scholars was with me before, during, and after my leave of absence. I returned the following fall and hit the ground running.” Learn more about Andrew’s story.
Judelka St. Fort | Junior at Florida Memorial University
“One of my main passions in studying to be a flight instructor is so that I can use my knowledge and expertise to lead and educate the hearts and minds of others – especially young people in my neighborhood of Little Haiti in Miami.
Every time I feel stressed out by the university or another circumstance, Dell Scholars is always there to help me through it, whether it be a phone call or an email.” Learn more about Judelka’s story.
Monica Wright | Senior at The University of Oklahoma
“The experience attending college out-of-state was life altering because I had to learn an entirely new culture, make all new friends, and determine who I was as an individual.
Dell Scholars cares about the overall college experience and our personal development before we even step foot on campus. The advisors have always gone above and beyond to ensure that I finish school with as little debt as possible.” Learn more about Monica’s story.
These are just a few of the students who make up our Dell Scholars community of about 1,750 active students and 2,150 graduates. Every story is unique, but no matter the challenges they face, our team is prepared to provide support every step of the way through college graduation. To learn more, visit www.dellscholars.org.