First-gen siblings become Dell Scholars
"When I was in eighth grade, my parents told me I would be responsible for paying for college," he said. Melissa Lopez said that going to college has always been a priority, but she knew it was expensive.
"When the time came for me to apply, I was so nervous about whether I should apply and if it would even be possible for me to get it," she said. Courtesy of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, scholars receive a $20,000 scholarship which can be used up through graduate school, as well as other resources and services.
“As a college access program, Upward Bound inspires, mentors, and prepares future leaders everyday just like the Lopez-Martinez siblings,” Richardson said. Upward Bound serves underrepresented and underserved students prepare for, enroll and graduate from institutions of higher learning; at UNG, the program serves students from Gilmer High and Johnson High School in Gainesville, Georgia.
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