First-gen college journeys: How Uyen transformed herself into an influential peer mentor

I’ve been asked countless times how our lean Dell Scholars staff has effectively supported nearly 2,150 scholars over 600 institutions since 2004.  The answer: We empower students to help themselves and each other. All of… 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 »

First-gen college journeys: Edgar on finding your college family

Oscar Sweeten-Lopez on first-generation students: Peer mentoring is time well spent One hour.  What can you accomplish in 60 minutes?  Could one hour of your day potentially change the course of a young person’s future?… Read more »

First-gen college journeys: Rahim’s 5 tips to thrive as a freshman

For first-generation students, college can seem like a far-away land. Sure, it looks great in a glossy brochure. Smiling students stroll across campus. Fall leaves turn golden and red. Stately looking buildings surround pristine lawns… Read more »