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It takes more than financial support to reach college graduation.

That’s why the Dell Scholars program 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.

October 1, 2023 – Application opens

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All Dell Scholars Receive:

$20,000 Scholarship

Flexible funds that scholars can use for the many costs that arise during their college career

Personalized, MultiFaceted Support

Support for the academic, financial, and emotional life challenges that may prevent students from completing college

A Laptop Computer

Essential technology for college success, including a 4-year warranty

Textbook Credits

Chegg credits ($500 annually for 4 years) to be used for textbook purchases and rentals and/or textbook solutions

Scholars Resource Network

Resource connections for scholars and their families to deal with stress, debt, and other life circumstances

Access To Teletherapy

A teletherapy service that connects students to professional counseling

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, the Dell Scholars program 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 taking action to address or overcome 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