Today we welcome our 15th class of Dell Scholars, our largest class of 500 scholars. Over the past 14 years, Dell Scholars has supported more than 4,300 students from across the nation who have demonstrated the drive to succeed and persist toward achieving a bachelor’s degree.
Summer melt is a well-known concept among those who work with students in college success. Harvard University defines it like this: “Across the country, 10–40 percent of seemingly college-intending students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds, fail to enroll in college the fall after graduation.” Every year, our team at the Dell Scholars Program works to prevent summer melt in each new class of students.
I have been working at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s Dell Scholars Program for six years, and I’ve met many incredible students. They are all truly remarkable in their own ways and because of their own paths. I want to introduce you to one of our new Dell Scholars who has already begun to beat the odds.