Beating the odds in college completion: Francisco’s story

At the Dell Scholars Program, I work every day to support low-income, first-generation students to college graduation. And as a low-income, first-generation student myself, I can relate to the challenges our Dell Scholars face. I… Read more »

College completion: Preventing fall falter

We’ve had an ongoing national conversation about the problem of summer melt, where low-income high school seniors with college plans in place at graduation fail to matriculate at their chosen college campus come fall. Such… Read more »

First-gen college journeys: How teen mother Denice Carpenter remains focused on college graduation

As the lead program manager for the Dell Scholars Program, the foundation’s college persistence and completion program, I’ve been asked countless times why so many first-generation students like those in our program drop out of… Read more »

Six tactics that help Dell Scholars graduate with 76 percent less debt than their peers

We first meet members of our Dell Scholars Program as high school seniors. Reading through their applications every year is a study in what it takes to persevere and excel. Some students have dealt with homelessness; many… Read more »