Thursday, April 25, 2013

Dell Scholarships go to nine students

Nine students in two district schools have been accepted into the prestigious Dell Scholars Program, sponsored by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.

Dell Scholars Program
The students, from Crawford High School and the School of International Business at Kearny High, will be part of the Dell Scholars Program, which provides its students with resources and mentoring beyond initial financial assistance to ensure they have the support they need to obtain a college degree.

The students are, from Crawford High School: Ikram Aweys, Israel Barbosa, Ayan Fara, Quang Nguyen and Nongfa Tain; from the Kearny School of International Business, Noema Aguilar, Yusife Nazir, Andy Tran.

"All of us at the San Diego Unified School District congratulate these hard-working students and the schools where they are receiving their high school diploma," said Superintendent Bill Kowba. "The Dell Scholars program will help them to continue their road to success."

To be eligible, students must attend a high school with a college readiness program, such as AVID or GEAR UP, which are used by the San Diego Unified School District. At the Kearny School of International Business, Principal Ana Diaz-Booz attributed the student success to the AVID program and the hard work of the students.

"Our teachers and counselors have worked endlessly to support these students," she said. "Erica Heinzman, the AVID Coordinator, is especially committed to the students' success."

GEAR UP, funded through a federal grant, has provided counselors that have moved from year-to-year with the classes of 2012-13 at several high schools, including Crawford.

The Dell Scholars Program accepts students who not only need financial assistance, but have shown the ability to work hard and have had "unique experiences in and out of the classroom," according to the program's website. It also recognizes academic potential and determination. Since 2004, the foundation has awarded 300 scholarships each year.
Dell Scholars receive $20,000 each to complete their higher education over the course of six years. In addition, the Dell Scholars Program provides its students with technology, a private scholar networking community, resources, and mentoring to ensure they have the support they need to achieve their college degrees. Scholars become part of a support network for each other that is made up of themselves, their schools, families, peers and a dedicated Dell Scholar team at the Michael & Susan Dell foundation.