Our scholarship program Dell Scholars gives more than a check to students who are often overlooked.
Only 20 percent of low-income college students graduate within six years. And low-income, first-generation college students often find themselves juggling outside demands for their time, energy and focus while navigating the university academic environment. These challenges can often be more problematic than purely financial hurdles.
We know college completion programs help students improve academically, complete rigorous curricula, and cross financial hurdles. We’ve learned that the right assistance at the right time can help students get into college, stay in college and graduate. Together with our partners and the inspiring students in our Dell Scholars program, we are demonstrating that successful college graduation for disadvantaged students is absolutely attainable.
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Our bursary program, the Dell Young Leaders Program, is as ambitious as the students we support.
Currently in South Africa, one-third of financial aid students make it to graduation, and then struggle to compete for meaningful employment. Our firm conviction is that more and more financial-aid students can be successful in university and launch fulfilling careers. We have had the privilege of partnering with phenomenal young people who have overcome incredibly adverse backgrounds — and yet have made it into some of the best universities in the country.
Our scholarship program, the Dell Young Leaders program, considers the ‘whole learner’ and then offers the right support at the right time. Through developing one-to-one relationships with students and close working relationships with faculty, the Dell Young Leaders team are able to create interventions that ensure that these aspiring students stay on track. We support them from the moment they become a Dell Young Leader until they start their first day of work after graduation.