The Dell Scholars program is a scholarship and college completion program that nurtures and empowers students on their path to a college degree. Since starting the program in 2004, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has supported 5,000 scholars, including more than 2,000 college graduates. The scholarship is designed to be flexible so that scholars can use the award money for any of the many costs that arise during their college career.

Grade Level/Age
High School Senior
Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
Award information


Eligibility Requirements
  • The Dell Scholars Program recognizes the value of pre-college preparation and requires students to be part of an approved college readiness initiative in grades 11 and 12.
  • Dell expects candidates to be poised to enter college upon graduation from an accredited high school.
  • In line with its philanthropic vision, the Dell Scholars Program awards opportunities to low-income students who require financial assistance.
  • Applicants must qualify for a federal Pell Grant in their first year of college.
  • Dell Scholars are expected to enroll full-time in a bachelor's degree program at UT Austin immediately after high school graduation.
  • A GPA of at least 2.4 is required to qualify, though students outside this range are encouraged to apply if they demonstrate grit, ambition, and potential as they pursue a college education.