Three WISD students named prestigious Dell Scholars

Three WISD students named prestigous Dell Scholars
Posted on 04/10/2017

Two University High seniors and one from Waco High School are on the list of 400 students nationwide named as the Dell Scholars Class of 2017. That list was announced Monday, April 10.

Dell ScholarsThe Dell Scholars Program, funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, can be the difference in whether a determined student is able to attend college. Winners each receive a $20,000 scholarship, a laptop and textbook credits, but the award is unique in the type of students it supports and how it nurtures and empowers those students on their path to a college degree. It nurtures and empowers students by investing in their success, keeping in contact with finalists and providing support and assistance to address the emotional, lifestyle and financial challenges that all college students must face, particularly on a limited budget.

WISD Finalists 2017

The three Waco ISD Dell Scholars students are Khristian Allen from Waco High, and University's Alex Castillo and Sammy Ortega Rangel.

Khristian intends to enroll at UT-Austin.  She is active in the Academic Decathlon, breaking a record last year for highest individual score and medaling twice this year. She placed second in the Group Website category at the History Fair, and has been recognized at the Academic Achievers Banquet. Khristian is also very active on campus. She's been on the cheerleader team for four years, and this year is the captain of the team. She is also a member of NHS and Student Council.

Alexandra Castillo, who goes by Alex, wants to attend UT-Arlington and plays on the UHS basketball team. Samuel Rangel, who is called Sammy by his friends, was featured in the Wacoan magazine as a 2017 Star Student and was our Spotlight Story in February, along with Castillo when they first applied to the Dell Scholars Program.  Rangel plans to enroll at Texas A&M.

The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation was established in 1999 and has committed more than $1 billion fostering high-quality public education, childhood health, and improving the economic stability of families living in poverty. The Dell Scholars Program's GPA requirement is Grit, Potential and Ambition.

  • Grit by overcoming personal challenges in your life related to your family, school or community
  • Potential by participating in college readiness programs and seeking out academic rigor
  • Ambition by dreaming of obtaining a college degree

Check out the full list of new scholars here: