Ten students named Dell Scholar semifinalists

Ten 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 are excited to announce that we have 10 seniors who have been designated Dell Scholar semifinalists,” said GISD AVID Secondary Coordinator Jean Greenidge. “The Dell Scholars Program receives thousands of applications each year. They narrow down the semifinalists to approximately 500, and from that point 300 are actually awarded. We would like to thank the AVID teachers and congratulate them for their hard work and for helping their students achieve this accomplishment.”

The program is an initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, which has gifted more than $60 million to highly motivated, underprivileged 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.

“Dell Scholars are students who demonstrate their desire and ability to overcome barriers and to achieve their goals,” the program’s website states. “These scholars serve as positive role models and change the trajectories for their families, friends and communities.”

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

  • Jalene Barrientos – North Garland High School
  • Hector Cazares – Garland High School
  • Isabel Martinez – Garland High School
  • Carolina Menchaca – Sachse High School
  • Kevin Plascencia – North Garland High School
  • Karmen Ramirez – North Garland High School
  • Miriam Ramos – South Garland High School
  • Anthony Soledad – North Garland High School
  • Amberlyn Torres – Garland High School
  • Bryan Velarde – North Garland High School