Dell Scholars is a scholarship and college-completion program that nurtures and empowers students on their path to a college degree. Since starting the program in 2004, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has supported more than 4,300 scholars, including more than 2,000 college graduates. Nationally, only 20 percent of students like our Dell Scholars graduate from college within six years, but our scholars are changing that reality by graduating with a bachelor’s degree at 80 percent in six years.

Our GPA requirement for the Dell Scholars program is Grit, Potential, and Ambition. Most Dell Scholars are first-generation college students who have demonstrated grit by overcoming personal challenges in their lives related to their families, schools or communities. They demonstrate great potential by participating in college readiness programs and seeking out advanced coursework. They demonstrate ambition by preparing themselves and planning for their dream of graduating with a college degree.

Core Beliefs

  • Students who receive adequate support to navigate the barriers to college success will complete their degrees.
  • Students who challenge themselves academically can succeed in college, even if they don’t stand out based on traditional evaluation criteria like GPAs, test scores, and extracurricular activities.
  • Deep, one-to-one relationships with students are at the core of our model.
  • Data drives our decisions. Technology enables our work.
  • Our culturally diverse staff creates meaningful connections with our scholars, allowing us to provide support and/or direct them to additional resources.
  • Student peers play a critical role in advising and mentoring our scholars.
  • Success requires constant review, adaption, and evolution to meet our scholars where they are.

Dell Scholars offers personalized, multifaceted support to our students.

It begins the day they’re accepted into the program, and our support is constant until they leave campus with a degree in hand. More than Dollars for Scholars: The Impact of Dell Scholars on College Access, Persistence, and Degree Attainment (Page, Castleman, Sahadewo, 2016) finds that Dell Scholars are 25 percent more likely to earn their bachelor’s degrees within four to six years of high school graduation compared to students of similar socioeconomic backgrounds.

All Dell Scholars receive:

  • A $20,000 scholarship available for at a least six years to lessen loans and debt.
  • Ongoing support for the emotional, financial, and life challenges that may prevent them from completing college.
  • A Scholars Resource Network that connects students with resources to deal with stress, debt, managing child care, and life circumstances.
  • A laptop, textbook credits, tutoring, and other supports.
  • Webcasts and communication on timely topics that students need to know about during their college journey.

Learn More

Check out the links below where many of the most commonly asked questions are addressed.

Contact Us

If you’re applying for a scholarship and don’t find the answer to your question in the links above, you can reach us at:
Email: apply@dellscholars.org
Phone: 1-800-294-2039. Phone lines are open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time (CT).

For media or press inquiries please email us at communications@msdf.org.

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