State Superintendent of Schools Jack O'Connell made the announcement April 17.
"These amazing 106 young men and women are on a path toward attaining the dream of a better life despite overcoming significant challenges in their pursuit of a higher education," said O’Connell. "I want to congratulate them, their parents, and their teachers, for their perseverance and hard work in helping these young people meet California’s high academic standards that will prepare them for more challenging jobs."
The students will receive $20,000 each to continue their education beyond high school over the course of the next six years. The Dell Scholars Program will also provide them with technology, a private scholar networking community, resources, and mentoring to ensure that the students will have the support they need to obtain a college degree. Since 2004, California’s 686 Dell Scholars have been awarded a total of $13,720,000 in college scholarships. 106 students in California were honored for 2009.
For more information about the Dell Scholars Program, please visit Dell Scholars Program.