As the Portfolio Director of Dell Scholars Program, I know the key to success in helping our Dell Scholars graduate from college depends on our ability to know each and every student. To know who they are. To know when they need our help. To know when to intervene. As a small team of four people, this hasn’t always been easy. So how have we managed to get four times the national graduation rate for our Dell Scholars, compared to the same socioeconomic group? The simple answer: GradSnapp.
Author: Oscar Sweeten-Lopez
Today we announced our 13th class of Dell Scholars who will join the other more than 3,000 scholars working towards their college degrees. It is an exciting time of year for us as we get to know another 350 students from across the country.
Dell Scholar Vi Nguyen talks about her college journey, where she is now and, most importantly, where she is headed.
Dell Scholar Sergio Silva talks about his college journey, where he is now and, most importantly, where he is headed.
Dell Scholar Donalyn Allen talks about her college journey, where she is now and, most importantly, where she is headed.
Since the Dell Scholars program began in 2004, we’ve told the stories of many high school seniors just starting their college journey with us. But what happens after that college journey?
The new class of Dell Scholars was announced on April 10th, helping another 300 low-income students get to college and receive a degree. So much more than a check, the Dell Scholars Program offers mentoring and support – well beyond academics and finances – to help students succeed.
In our years of supporting students as they pursue college degrees, we’ve maintained a realistic view, through hands-on experience, of what it takes for our scholars to prepare for- and eventually complete- college, and we’ve designed our program to meet their needs. Students become Dell Scholars today. And so, our team begins supporting each student the moment he or she is accepted into the program.
We sat down with brothers and Dell Scholars alumni, Cristhian and Jonatan Escobar, and asked them what motivated them to go to college and how brotherly competition helped them to get where they are today.
Supporting 1,500 scholars per year in their pursuit of a college diploma has required us to explore countless roads less traveled by other college completion programs and scholarship providers and implement the most innovative and flexible ideas to best assist students.