Three IDEA Public Schools students named 2014 Dell Scholars
Rio Grande Valley, TX — Three IDEA Public Schools students have been named recipients of the 2014 Dell Scholars Program, an initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation that recognizes 300 students annually nationally who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their education. Only eleven award recipients are from the Rio Grande Valley.
Jorge Soto of IDEA College Prep San Benito, Ines Tijerina of IDEA College Prep San Juan, and Rodolfo Solis also of IDEA College Prep San Juan will each receive a $20,000 scholarship and a new Dell laptop computer as they matriculate to their anticipated college choices of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown University and Bowdoin College, respectively.
“We are very proud of these students,” said JoAnn Gama, Chief of Schools. “The Dell Scholarship awards students who not only excel academically, but also demonstrate a desire and ability to overcome barriers to achieve their goals. These students are representative of the thousands of students who show up to school each day at IDEA, ready to learn and ultimately matriculate to college to better their future."
“It’s our belief that all students – regardless of their economic status – should have the opportunity to receive a college degree,” said Janet Mountain, executive director of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. “We work to understand the obstacles that this group of students faces, and then provide them with the support they need. With Dell Scholar Program graduation rates above the national average, we are seeing more promising results with our program each year.”