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It takes more than financial support to reach college graduation.

That’s why Dell Scholars was designed to provide a support system for the challenges many students face while pursuing a degree. Even so, we recognize that college costs can be a significant burden for many students and their families. Nationally, 500 Dell Scholars are selected each year to receive a scholarship plus lots of non-monetary supports. All Dell Scholars receive:

  • A $20,000 scholarship
  • Personalized, multifaceted support for the academic, financial, and emotional life challenges that may prevent students from completing college
  • A laptop with 4-year warranty
  • Chegg credits ($500 annually for four years) to be used for textbook purchases and rentals and/or textbook solutions (via Chegg Study)
  • A Scholars Resource Network that connects students and their families with resources to deal with stress, debt, managing child care, and life circumstance

Scholarship Criteria

Participate in a program-approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12
View list of approved CRPs ►
Be on track to graduate from an accredited high school in the current academic year
Demonstrate a need for financial assistance
Be eligible to receive a federal Pell Grant in first year of college
Plan to enroll full time at an accredited higher education institution in the pursuit of a bachelor's degree in the fall directly following high school graduation
Earn a minimum of a 2.4 GPA

Who Should Apply?

While we have a required 2.4 grade point average, Dell Scholars targets low-income, highly motivated students who are better than their numbers indicate and demonstrate the drive to succeed despite personal obstacles. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a unique "GPA" of grit, potential, and ambition in their quest for a college education:


by overcoming personal challenges in their lives related to their families, schools, or communities


by participating in college readiness programs and seeking out academic rigor


by preparing themselves and planning for their dream of graduating with a college degree