While there is no shortage of student stories we could share about winning incredible scholarships and awards, this year the stories of Faiza and Blanca stand out. Not because their stories have much to do with one another, but because both earned Dell Scholarships!
In total, 500 Dell Scholarships were awarded throughout the country this year—and two of them went to College Possible seniors at Reynolds High School in Oregon.
About the scholarship:
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation awards each of their scholars $20,000, direct support for academic, financial and emotional challenges, a computer, textbook credits and tutoring. Incredible! Dell Scholars targets low-income, highly motivated students who are better than their numbers indicate and demonstrate the drive to succeed despite personal obstacles. Their scholars demonstrate a unique “GPA” of grit, potential and ambition in their quest for college education.
About Faiza & Blanca
Faiza will be attending the University of Portland next fall after receiving the Dell Scholarship opened up the opportunity to attend. Faiza plans to return to her home country of Kenya after she earns her degree, goes onto medical school and then completes a general surgery residency. According to Jose, her College Possible coach, Faiza is the hardest working student he’s ever seen.
“Winning the Dell Scholarship gave me the hope I needed to continue in my college application process. It allowed me to see that I could actually achieve my dreams and go to the school that I want to go to, instead of going to the school that is financially convenient. The Dell Scholarship also showed me that hard work does pay off, you just have to be patient.” –Faiza
Blanca will be attending Western Oregon University in the fall and is interested in studying healthcare administration with hopes of opening a health clinic close to her community in Rockwood that will be open to anyone. Because of Blanca’s incredible advocacy skills, her go-getter attitude and her extraordinary amount of foresight, her undergraduate costs have been covered through other scholarships and aid. As a result, Blanca will utilize most of the Dell Scholarship award for graduate school since her career goals require a postgraduate degree.
“I am looking forward to becoming an independent woman and grow to be an aspiration not only for myself, but for others as well. I’m excited to meet new people and get involved in different activities. I want to broaden my horizons and experience different cultures, so that I can become more culturally competent.” –Blanca
Join us in congratulating Faiza and Blanca for all of their hard work and achievements so far. We wish them the best in college and can’t wait to see what is ahead for them!