Three La Porte High School seniors
are among 300 students from across the nation to be named as Dell Scholars for
the 2008-2009 school year. Donalyn
Allen, Ana Gonzales, and Oanh Pham each received $20,000 to continue their
higher education over the next six years.
According to the scholarship criteria,
Dell Scholars are students who demonstrate their desire and ability to overcome
barriers and achieve their goals. The
scholarship program, an initiative of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation,
has provided students with $19 million in college scholarships since 2004.
In addition, the Dell Scholars
program provides students with technology, a private scholar networking
community, resources and mentoring to ensure they have the support they need to
obtain a college degree. The Michael and
Susan Dell Foundation believes that funding a significant percentage of the
scholars' college expenses will enable these students to focus on their college
studies and complete their bachelor's degrees.
"All of these scholars are in our AVID program
at LPHS and receiving this honor is a direct result of not only all of their
hard work, but all the hard work of their teachers and supporters at LPHS" said
Joanne Kolius, LPHS principal.
Donalyn plans to attend Stephen F.
Austin State University, while Oanh will enroll at the University of Texas at
San Antonio and Ana at the University of Houston.