Dell Scholars Program

Posted on 10/03/2019

Important Dates for 2019

October 1, 2019 – Application opens

December 1, 2019 – Application deadline

December 10, 2019 – Semifinalists announced

January 29, 2020 – Semifinalist materials due

March 6, 2020 – Dell Scholars announced

Go to the website and you can download a comprehensive application instruction guide and blank work sheet. This will walk you through the application process step by step.

The application will ask about the following:

  • The different responsibilities you have in addition to school at both work and home
  • You will be able to describe your life at home, tell us about your family, your greatest challenges and adversities, how you overcame them, and why you have the determination to succeed
  • Information about your classes, your college readiness program experience, and future plans for college
  • Information on your level of financial need
  • We don't focus on just your grades/test scores but how you have prepared yourself for college
  • We don’t ask for a laundry list of activities and club involvement
  • We do ask for a drive to push yourself to earn a bachelor degree

Criteria for Application
To be eligible to apply for the Dell Scholars Program scholarship, you must meet the below listed criteria: 

  • Participating in a Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approved college readiness program for a minimum of two years
  • Graduating from an accredited high school this academic year
  • Earning a minimum of a 2.4 GPA
  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance
  • Planning to enter a bachelor's degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after your graduation from high school.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency

Dell Scholars are students who demonstrate their desire and ability to overcome barriers and to achieve their goals. Your application will be evaluated on your:

  • Individual determination to succeed
  • Future goals and plans to achieve them
  • Ability to communicate the hardships you have overcome or currently face
  • Self motivation in completing challenging coursework
  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance

The official Dell Scholars Application can only be found online at Applications must be submitted on-line during the specified application period.