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MECHS Student Selected as a Dell Scholar

Manor Early College High School students are already getting a head start after high school, but one student is raising the bar to a new level.
Dakeona Whitley was selected as a Dell Scholar and will receive a $20,000 scholarship to pay for her tuition. The recognition came on behalf of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. The senior and her brother are both excellent MECHS students who are about to graduate with their high school diplomas and associate degrees.
"Dakeona works hard, always stays focused on her academics and wants to attend Texas State University," said MECHS Principal Dr. Alime Sadikova. "We are so proud of her and this deserving scholarship that will launch her to post-secondary success."

Dell Scholars is a scholarship and college-completion program that helps students on their path to a college degree. Since it began in 2004, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has supported more than 4,300 scholars, including more than 2,000 college graduates. Nationally, only 20 percent of students like our Dell Scholars graduate from college within six years, but scholars are changing that reality by graduating with a bachelor’s degree at 80 percent in six years.

All Dell Scholars receive:

  • A $20,000 scholarship available for at a least six years to lessen loans and debt.
  • Ongoing support for the emotional, financial, and life challenges that may prevent them from completing college.
  • A Scholars Resource Network that connects students with resources to deal with stress, debt, managing child care, and life circumstances.
  • A laptop, textbook credits, tutoring, and other supports.
  • Webcasts and communication on timely topics that students need to know about during their college journey.
Congratulations to Dakeona from all of us at Manor ISD!
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