Welcome to the Dell Scholars Application!
Funded by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to enabling children and youth to achieve their potential, the Dell Scholars program offers an opportunity for under-served and lower income students to realize their dream of a college education. $20,000 scholarships are offered to students for full-time study to complete a bachelor's degree program.
The Dell Scholars program places greater emphasis on your determination to succeed than your academic record and test scores. We strongly believe being adequately prepared for college also empowers you to achieve your dreams.
Criteria for Application
- Participating in a Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12
- Graduating from an accredited high school this academic year
- Earning a minimum of a 2.4 GPA
- Demonstrated need for financial assistance
- Eligible to receive a federal Pell grant in first year of college
- Planning to enroll full-time in a bachelor's degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after your graduation from high school
The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income students to promote access to postsecondary education. Pell grants are typically awarded to families that demonstrate significant financial need. Eligibility is determined by several factors such as, income, family size, and number of family members attending college. Click here for more information on eligibility requirements.
If you would like to learn more about the scholarship, please take a moment to review information about becoming a Dell Scholar at http://www.dellscholars.org/scholarship/how-to-apply
All applications are submitted online. No mailed, faxed, or other forms of submission are accepted.
Semifinalist Requirements Deadline
Dell Scholars Announced
*Semifinalist Requirements - If you are selected as semifinalist, you will have additional application questions to complete. In addition, you are required to upload your Student Aid Report (SAR) and High School Transcript as well as provide a recommendation using our online system.
This section provides us with information about you, where you live, and how to contact you.
This section provides us with details about your high school, academic history, and college readiness program.
College Readiness Programs (CRP) - 11th Grade
College Readiness Programs (CRP) - 12th Grade
Please enter the counselor's work email address (high school or CRP email and not their personal email) and cell phone number (if known). We may contact your counselor for confirmation of your participation.
If you have taken the SAT and/or the ACT, please enter your scores. If you have taken either test more than once, enter your best score.
Old format scores - tests before March 2016
- Critical Reading
New format scores - tests after March 2016
- Reading Essay
- Analysis Essay
- Writing Essay
If you took both tests, report the highest scores.
Please enter information for each class listed.
Grades - For full year courses, select the grade that represents your final grade or an average of all grading periods (semester or quarters). If you took a class multiple times, use the best grade achieved.
Course Types - If the course completed is Honors/College Prep, Pre-AP, AP, IB, or is for Dual Enrollment, please select the appropriate option.
|Course||Status *||Grade *||Course Type *|
|English Grade 9*||
|English Grade 10*||
|English Grade 11*||
|English Grade 12*||
|Other Advanced Math*||
|Social Science and History Courses|
|Other Social Studies*||
Reg = Regular Courses, any course that is not Honors or College Prep, Pre-AP, AP, or IB
H/CP = Honors/College Prep
AP = Advanced Placement
IB = International Baccalaureate
Dual Credit = also known as 'dual enrollment', 'concurrent enrollment', and 'joint enrollment', refers to the participation in college-level courses and the earning of college credits by high school students.
This section provides us with details about your college ambitions.
What inspired you to choose this major and study the degree you are planning to enroll in? *
Please tell us what reasons you considered in selecting these schools as your top choices. Elaborate on the factors you considered such as academic fit and financial affordability. *
Preparing For Success
Describe the most significant challenges you may face transitioning to and while in college and what steps you may take to address those challenges. As appropriate, include skills/strategies you learned in your College Readiness Program that have prepared you to be successful in college. *
What do you want to use your education to achieve? What are your goals after you graduate from college? *
This section helps us understand the different responsibilities and commitments you have during the school year and over the summer.
Select all that apply
Please provide more detail about your home, work and/or volunteer responsibilities and how it has impacted your ability to manage your school work. *
The information on this page helps us determine your level of financial need. Completion of the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and receipt of a Student Aid Report (SAR) demonstrating Pell grant eligibility is required to receive this scholarship.
The statements below help determine your FAFSA dependency status and whether parent income will be needed on your FAFSA. Do any of the statements below apply to you? Check all that apply. *
An individual (under the age of 18) who has legally been determined to be an adult by a court in his or her state of legal residence.
A relationship created by court order, which appoints an individual other than a minor's parent to take care of the minor.
State / Federal Aid Eligibility
Are you or your family eligible or currently receiving any of the following assistance programs?
Describe the financial hardships you had to overcome in your life thus far (including housing, living, or family circumstances) and how you plan to manage any ongoing financial responsibilities you’ll have while in college. (When writing your essays, please note that if you write about child abuse or neglect, the Dell Scholars program may be required to report the information to the appropriate child protective services agency.) *
Student Aid Report
You DO NOT need to submit your Student Aid Report at this time. For more information, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov.
To qualify for a Pell Grant, a student must demonstrate financial need. The amount of the award is based on the Expected Family Contribution derived from the FAFSA.
Home & Life
This section provides us with information about your parents and your life at home.
About your Parents
Family and Household
spoken in your home?
Describe how your family history and relationships have shaped who you are today. (When writing your essays, please note that if you write about child abuse or neglect, the Dell Scholars program may be required to report the information to the appropriate child protective services agency.) *
Describe some of the hardest things you experienced while growing up? How did you overcome those challenges? What did you learn from those experiences? (When writing your essays, please note that if you write about child abuse or neglect, the Dell Scholars program may be required to report the information to the appropriate child protective services agency.) *
A recommender is someone who can provide both personal and academic information such as a teacher, school counselor, administrator, or college readiness counselor. Your recommender must be someone that has access to your academic records.
Your recommender must be at least 21 years of age and must not be related to you. Your recommender will not be contacted at this time. If you are selected as a semifinalist, we will contact both you and your recommender with additional instructions to complete a recommendation for you online on our website.
When we announce the semifinalists, if you are a semifinalist, the recommender you have selected will be notified at the email address you listed. Please double check you have correctly entered your recommender's email address.
If needed, you can change your recommender at any point up until the final day for your recommender to submit the recommendation online
Terms & Conditions
To print a copy of these terms for your records, please click here.