An initiative of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Dell Scholarships recognize students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their education. In turn, these scholars serve as positive role models and change the trajectories for their siblings, friends and their communities.
Dell Scholars receive $20,000 each to complete their higher education over the course of six years.
Scholarship winners will be announced in April.
Smith is a member of the CSISD Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.
AVID is a college preparatory program designed to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and in their lives beyond high school. The program requires these students to take advanced classes and helps them develop the habits and behaviors needed to succeed in rigorous curriculum.
In CSISD, AVID was implemented in the 2007-2008 school year in the ninth and 10th grades. Since then, it has expanded to grades six through 12.
Smith’s recognition marks the second-straight year CSISD has produced a Dell Scholarship semifinalist. Last year, Josh Stewart and Cierra Thomas were named semifinalists. In April, Thomas was named a Dell Scholarship recipient.