Dell Scholars Program

January 15, 2016
Maximum Award: 
High school seniors

The Dell Scholars Program is sponsored by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The program provides students with resources and mentoring beyond initial financial assistance to ensure they have the support they need to obtain a college degree.

$20,000 scholarships are offered to students for full-time study to complete a bachelor's degree program.

The Dell Scholars Program places greater emphasis on your determination to succeed than your academic record and test scores. This is a scholarship that looks beyond academic performance and grades. You don’t need the highest grades to apply. They strongly believe being adequately prepared for college also empowers you to achieve your dreams.

  • The application will ask about the following:
  • The different responsibilities you have in addition to school at both work and home
  • You will be able to describe your life at home, tell us about your family, your greatest challenges and adversities, how you overcame them, and why you have the determination to succeed
  • Information about your classes, your college readiness program experience, and future plans for college
  • Information on your level of financial need
  • It doesn’t ask for a laundry list of activities and club involvement
  • They do ask for a drive to push yourself to earn a bachelor degree

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  • Graduating from an accredited high school this academic year
  • Earning a minimum of a 2.4 GPA
  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance
  • Participating in an approved college readiness program for a minimum of two years
  • Planning to enter a bachelor's degree program at an accredited higher education institution immediately following High School graduation
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency