Why We Do What We Do

While many students dream of obtaining a college degree, life sometimes gets in the way, particularly for those dealing with personal responsibilities at home or in their communities. The Dell Scholars program, an initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their educations. In turn, these scholars serve as positive role models and change the trajectories for their siblings, friends and their communities.

We award 300 scholarships annually and since 2004, have provided students with $49 million in college scholarships and support services. The Dell Scholars Program places greater emphasis on a student’s determination to succeed than just academic record and test scores. We empower students to gain the knowledge; skill-sets and attitude needed to cope with their changing world and the circumstances in which they live.

Preparing more completely for college by taking AP, honors, and additional math and science courses in high school tend to result in increased college completion rates; and, college readiness programs prepare lower performing students for AP and Honors courses. Several studies have shown that completing rigorous academic curriculums in high school may help students overcome socioeconomic disadvantages. The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation currently supports several types of college readiness programs under its education initiatives focus. The foundation believes that higher education is a key component to achieving one’s potential as an adult.

More Than a Check

The Dell Scholars Program is more than a check. Rather, the program aims to provide students with everything they need to begin and complete college. Dell Scholars receive $20,000 each to complete their higher education over the course of six years. In addition, the Dell Scholars Program provides its students with technology, a private scholar networking community, resources, and mentoring to ensure they have the support they need to achieve their college degrees. Scholars become part of a support network for each other that is made up of themselves, their schools, families, peers and a dedicated Dell Scholar team at the Michael & Susan Dell foundation.

The Dell family foundation believes that funding a significant percentage of their college expenses will enable these students to focus on their college studies and complete their bachelor program.

The educational tools we provide our Scholars not only lessen the financial burden of purchasing these services and equipment, it also helps alleviate logistical constraints in accessing educational resources. By providing wrap-around services and add-ons such as notebook PCs, textbook credits, etc., we are also able to strategically and directly intervene to help lessen the daily challenges of being successful in college.