Ten PSJA ISD seniors named 2018 Dell Scholars

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Pharr, Texas – Ten high school students in Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA) were named recipients of the competitive 2018 Dell Scholarship. The students will receive $20,000, a brand new laptop, and textbook credits to complete their post-secondary education.

First started in 2004, the Dell Scholars program is an initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation that recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their education. The program places greater emphasis on their determination to succeed, not just academic record and test scores. 

In addition to graduating from high school in May, all 10 seniors will be graduating with Associate Degrees from South Texas College. The 2018 PSJA ISD Dell Scholars are as follows: 

PSJA Early College High School in San Juan 

  • Petra Garcia, Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies 

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PSJA North Early College High School in Pharr 

  • Roberto Escobedo, Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies 

  • Antony Guzman, Associate Degree in Mathematics 

  • Brandon Guzman, Associate Degree in Mathematics 

PSJA Memorial Early College High School in Alamo 

  • Danielle Pizana, Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies 

  • Daniela Pulido, Associate Degree in Biology 

  • Nancy Vazquez, Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies 

PSJA Southwest Early College High School in Pharr 

  • Antonio Martinez, Associate Degree in Biology 

  • Eduardo UriaAssociate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies 

  • Joana VacaAssociate Degree in Criminal Justice 

The first thing I did when I received the news was cry with excitement,” said PSJA ECHS senior Petra Garcia who plans to major in Criminal Justice at the University of Texas San Antonio. “I am so grateful to my parents and high school counselors for all their assistance throughout this process.” 

To be eligible for the Dell Scholarship, candidates must be participating in an approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12, plan to enroll full-time at an accredited higher education institution in the pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree, qualify for the Pell Grant, and demonstrate financial need. 


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