Dell, founded by Michael Dell in 1984, was formerly was a public company with a ranking of 51 on Fortune 500 list. In 2013, Dell shifted to private ownership. It’s a multinational technology company specializing in computer and other similar products and services. Although the company is headquartered out of Round Rock, Texas, it employs over 103,000 people around the world making it one of the largest technological corporations in existence today. Dell’s success has led them to generous philanthropic campaigns including the Dell Scholarship program which since 2004 has annually provided 300 mostly need-based scholarships to high school seniors who intend to enroll in an accredited 2 or 4 year college. Dell’s award philosophy is based on the student’s potential, ambition and grit rather than top academic performance. In addition to the $20,000 scholarship itself, Dell Scholars are supported with academic tools such as a laptop and credit toward semesterly books. Further, to help assure college success, Dell Scholarship also works with recipients who struggle with social and emotional aspects of the college transition and experience that could otherwise prevent degree completion.
The Dell Scholarship is intended to help students who academically place in the middle of their class ranking, are first generation college attendees or other underserved college-bound individuals. In order to be eligible for the scholarship students must enroll in an approved college readiness program, begin meeting with their mentor by their junior year and be participating in a college preparatory course of study including but not limited to AP classes and IB programs. Ongoing proof of admissions, financial aid (including completing the FAFSA) and academic workshops are required. Applicants must submit the online application in which they will discuss various life responsibilities in conjunction with work and home. A description of their family, and any challenges faced along an explanation of the strategies used to overcome the adversity should also be included. Semi-finalists will be required to submit a current copy of their high school transcript and Student Aid Report as well as an online recommendation. Application deadlines are announced annually but generally dates are November 1st through January 15th. For more information on the Dell Scholarship, check online.