Scholarships

One of our founders’ original goals for the foundation was to ensure that disadvantaged students have the same opportunity to get to and graduate from college or university.   Scroll

We know graduating from college or university and finding meaningful employment are two achievements that can have a profound impact on one person’s life.  Consider the long-term impact that person can then have on his or her family and community. It’s endless.

Since we opened our doors, scholarships have been one of our priorities. We quickly learned that helping students through college or university—whether in the U.S. or South Africa—takes more than handing them a check.  We develop close relationships with our students so we know firsthand what they need.  With an understanding of their needs and the use of our own technology, we’re able to provide ongoing support to address the emotional, lifestyle, and financial challenges that could derail their education.

Our scholars are divided by thousands of miles and cultural realities, but they share a tenacity and common desire for a better life.  A better life for themselves, their families and their neighbors and communities.  That one degree affects many lives.

And we’re seeing the fruits of this hard work as our scholars are graduating at a rate 80 percent, and counting.

We support low-income, highly motivated students who are better than their numbers indicate, and who demonstrate the drive to succeed. Our scholars have challenged and pushed themselves to be college-ready while overcoming significant family and life responsibilities. Many are first-generation college students that embody the type of GPA we value:

  • 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 academically rigorous courses.
  • Ambition by dreaming of obtaining a college degree and the opportunities that will .

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We work with exceptional young people who have track records of overcoming adversity, and who show the potential to become leaders in their professional lives and communities. By offering comprehensive support to get students to and through university, we help our Dell Young Leaders graduate and find meaningful employment in their chosen professions. At scale, this program serves 500 university students across South Africa studying towards a professional degree. The goal of the program is ensure that 80 percent of students on the program make it to graduation and 100 percent of graduates are placed in the world of work.

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