South Garland High School senior Jackeline Estrada will soon be the first member of her family to attend college. She is doing this with the help of a $20,000 scholarship she just received. On April 10, Estrada was named one of just 504 Dell Scholars nationwide.
The Dell Scholars Program recognizes students who overcome obstacles in pursuit of academic excellence. It 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. Competing against thousands of seniors from across the country, those who receive the coveted title belong to a select group. Estrada’s 2018 title not only brings $20,000. It also comes with a laptop and mentoring throughout college.
Preparing her for life after high school, Estrada has participated in Garland ISD’s AVID program since eighth grade. Her South Garland AVID teacher Amanda Wilds describes her as an amazing student and athlete.
“Jackie has played volleyball all four years of high school,” Wilds said. “She is also among the top 10 of her graduating class. She will attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall, where she plans to study psychology and eventually pursue medical school.”
Estrada was recognized with an Evidence of Excellence award at the April 24 Board of Trustees meeting.