Dozens of GISD seniors named Dell Scholar semifinalists

Twenty-four Garland ISD AVID students are vying for a chance to receive $20,000, a laptop, textbook credits and ongoing educational support. The high schoolers were named Dell Scholar semifinalists due to their academic rigor, ambition and perseverance.

“I am proud to announce that we have 24 Dell Scholar semifinalists this year,” said GISD AVID Secondary Program Manager Jean Greenidge. “These scholars have worked so hard, and we celebrate them.”

The Dell Scholars program is an initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, which has supported 5,000 highly motivated, underprivileged scholars since 2004. In addition to a $20,000 scholarship, Dell Scholars receive non-monetary supports like a Scholars Resource Network and a teletherapy counseling service. The program considers students who are enrolled in an approved college readiness program, hold a minimum 2.4 GPA, are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant, and will enroll as a full-time college student in the fall.

Approximately 500 Dell Scholars will be named March 9. The following GISD students are in the running to earn the esteemed title.

  • Emily Alfaro – Lakeview Centennial High School
  • Zakarya Mohammad Ameen– Naaman Forest High School
  • Faven Asefaw – Sachse High School
  • Nicolas Balderrama –  Garland High School
  • Arcenio Campos – North Garland High School
  • Hoang Do – Sachse High School
  • Jennifer Duque – Lakeview Centennial High School
  • Christal Guevara Escobar – Sachse High School
  • Helen Fisseha – North Garland High School
  • Jesus Francisco - North Garland High School
  • Jeraldy Hernandez – Lakeview Centennial High School
  • Alondra Jaramillo – Lakeview Centennial High School
  • Ilse Lahnstein - North Garland High School
  • Karen Mira Lopez – Lakeview Centennial High School
  • Janeth Millan - North Garland High School
  • Stephanie Molina - North Garland High School
  • Kristian Munoz – Lakeview Centennial High School
  • Daisy Palacios – Garland High School
  • Katherine Perez – Lakeview Centennial High School
  • Vincent Phu - North Garland High School
  • Blanca Rendon - Garland High School
  • Azucena Rivas - North Garland High School
  • Brenda Vazquez - North Garland High School 
  • Sabrilla Walker – Lakeview Centennial High School