Two dozen Richardson ISD AVID students reached the semifinals of this year’s Dell Scholar program and remain in the running for $20,000, a laptop and ongoing educational support.

Advancement Via Individual Determination

RISD AVID Director Joan Swim said these high schoolers achieved this level of recognition due to academic rigor, ambition and perseverance.

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation began the scholarship program in 2004 to assist highly motivated, underprivileged high school students. From the start, it was designed as a college-completion program, which offers support services that go beyond a scholarship check.

The Dell Scholars Program considers students who are enrolled in an approved college-readiness program, hold a minimum GPA of 2.4, demonstrate a need for financial assistance, and plan to enroll as a full-time college student in the fall.

The following RISD students are semifinalists for this year’s Dell Scholars: Moises Vallejo, Amour Allier, Johanna Patricio Bueno and Elvis Castelan from Lake Highlands; Ngun Iang, Siham Ridwan and Ala Koko from Berkner; Kary Arroyo, Chiemerie Uzoma; Ahmed Ahmed, Luelseged Moges, Miguel Lizama, Lindsey Esquivel Medrano, Alessandra Martinez and Carlos Amaya from Richardson; and Ivan Santiago, Katerine Anariva, Alejandro Gallegos, Francisco Rodriguez, Jaqueline Lagunes, Noemi Carlos, Litsi Ordonez, Jonathan Garcia and Elizabeth Arenas from Pearce.

Semifinalists must submit a current transcript, a completed student aid report and an online recommendation by Feb. 1, according to AVID Director Swim. All the information is reviewed by an independent selection committee and the next class of Dell Scholars will be announced March 8.

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