Eight students named Dell Scholar semifinalists

Eight 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.

 “I am proud to announce that eight Garland ISD seniors were named Dell Scholar semifinalists,” said GISD AVID Secondary Coordinator Jean Greenidge. “The Dell Scholars Program provides students with $20,000 to put toward their college education over six years. It also provides support, including technology, mentoring and a network of previous Dell Scholars to assist students through their collegiate career.”

The program is an initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, which has gifted more than $76 million to highly motivated, underprivileged 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.

“Congratulations to these hardworking AVID students and their families,” Greenidge stated. “And a thank you to their senior AVID teachers for their extra encouragement and support.”

Approximately 400 Dell Scholars will be named April 10. The following GISD students are in the running to earn the esteemed title.

  • Jennifer Cristiano – Garland High School
  • Jackeline Estrada – South Garland High School
  • Marlene Guel-Nino – North Garland High School
  • Arturo Hernandez Jr. – Garland High School
  • Daniyah Imtiaz – Lakeview Centennial High School
  • Cecille Lopez – Lakeview Centennial High School
  • Alex Nguyen – North Garland High School
  • Edith Perez – North Garland High School