Dozens of GISD students named Dell Scholar semifinalists

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

“We have at least one Dell Scholar semifinalist from each of our high schools. That’s amazing,” said GISD AVID Secondary Coordinator Jean Greenidge. “Their senior AVID teachers have prodded, motivated, encouraged and have been generally relentless in getting their students ready for this opportunity.”

The program is an initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, which has gifted more than $76 million to highly motivated, economically disadvantaged high schoolers since 2004. The Dell Scholars Program considers students who are enrolled in an approved college readiness program, hold a minimum 2.4 GPA, demonstrate a financial assistance need, and will enroll as a full-time college student in the fall. 

Approximately 400 Dell Scholars will be named March 8. The following GISD students are in the running to earn the esteemed title.

  • Nissrine Amal – North Garland High School
  • Adriana Martin Del Campo – North Garland High School
  • Daniela Collazo – South Garland High School 
  • Adrian Cortez – Rowlett High School
  • Isabel Diaz – Garland High School
  • Thi Dinh – Sachse High School
  • Vanessa Figuero – Lakeview Centennial High School
  • Zeidy Flores – South Garland High School
  • Lesly Zermeno Gomez – North Garland High School
  • Isaiah Giddings – Naaman Forest High School
  • Juventino Herrera – South Garland High School
  • Tony Huynh – Lakeview Centennial High School 
  • Melissa Jimenez – North Garland High School
  • Ty Lankford – Lakeview Centennial High School
  • Everett Monsivais – Garland High School
  • Hilary Moore – Lakeview Centennial High School
  • Karen Nguyen – North Garland High School
  • [Name Withheld] – Garland High School
  • Denise Tovar – Garland High School
  • Ruben Rendon – Rowlett High School
  • Marlen Rodriguez – North Garland High School
  • Stephanie Acosta Ruiz – North Garland High School 
  • Paola Quintero Sanchez – Lakeview Centennial High School
  • Miranda Thomas – Rowlett High School
  • Cuauhtemoc Velazquez – Sachse High School