Congratulations to senior Denise Rodriguez of Nimitz High School and Wendy Cortina and Aaron Lazo of Irving High School for being named Dell Scholars. They are among only 500 students from across the country to be awarded the prestigious recognition. 

Through the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, these students will receive a $20,000 scholarship, laptop and money for books from the program, which recognizes and assists an underserved population – students in the academic middle who are often among the first in their families to attend college. 

In addition to the Dell Scholar, Rodriguez has over a half-million in scholarships and grants, including Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Dallas County Mustang Scholarship. Rodriguez plans to utilize those dollars to obtain  a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering and a master’s degree in sustainability.

Cortina is slated to attend the University of Texas in Arlington this coming fall. She is teetering between a major in biology or nursing. With a bachelor’s degree in hand, she’ll put her skills to practice as a nurse practitioner in the DFW metroplex. 

Once Lazo graduates this May, he’ll begin his college journey at the University of Texas at Dallas and major in computer science. He hopes that will prepare him for work in software engineering and development at a big company in the DFW area like Texas Instruments.

Congratulations and well-deserved, students!