WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla High School seniors Berenice Salazar and Janella Bermudez were recently named 2011 Dell Scholars. The Dell Scholars Program, provided by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, is a unique college scholarship designed to identify and support college educations for determined, but financially underserved students. Salazar plans to attend Washington State University while Bermudez will enroll at Gonzaga University in Spokane this fall.
"We are very proud of Janella and Berenice for their efforts and academic excellence," said Mira Gobel, associate principal at Wa-Hi, in a statement.
The Dell Scholars program recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their education. The program includes wrap-around services that help scholars and their families deal with personal issues that might adversely affect their college career. It also provides an online community for mentoring and peer interaction. The program boasts an 85 percent college graduation rates among it scholars, as compared to the national average of 23 percent for low-income or underserved students.