Continuing a longstanding Garland ISD tradition, six seniors have been named 2020 Dell Scholars. They are joining an elite group of college-bound students who will each receive $20,000, a laptop and ongoing educational support.
This year’s honorees include Daphne Gomez, Skyler Huynh and Michael Robles from Garland High School, as well as Jessica Nwaka, Marlene Reyes and William Utrera from North Garland High School.
“We believe that every student deserves the same opportunity to graduate from college. For students from low-income backgrounds, college enrollment marks the first step toward a bachelor’s degree and along with it, a lifetime of new opportunities,” said the Dell Scholars organization in an online announcement. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome 500 new students to the Dell Scholars family. What these students have achieved is incredible, and it’s striking to realize that every one of our graduates had their own personal struggles and triumphs along the path to a degree.”
The Dell Scholars Program is an initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, which has gifted more than $60 million to highly motivated high schoolers since 2004. The Dell Scholar 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. Applicants complete multiple essays detailing their college drive, vision for the future and financial need.
GISD’s six award-winners all participate in AVID at their campuses.