PHARR – Breaking a district record, 18 high school seniors in Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD were recently named recipients of the nationally renowned and highly competitive Dell Scholarship. All seniors from PSJA ECHS, PSJA Memorial ECHS, PSJA T. Jefferson T-STEM ECHS, and PSJA Southwest ECHS will receive $20,000, a brand new laptop, and textbook credits to complete their post-secondary education.

First started in 2004, the Dell Scholars program is an initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation that recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their education. The program places greater emphasis on the student's determination to succeed, and not just academic record and test scores. 

In addition to graduating from high school in May, most of the PSJA recipients will be graduating with an Associate Degree from South Texas College. The 2019 PSJA ISD Dell Scholars are as follows: 


PSJA Early College High School in San Juan 

Samuel Fernandez- Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies

Denise Buitron - Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies

Marina Rodriguez- Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies

Angelica Garza- Associate Degree in Mathematics

Isela Correa- Associate Degree in Mathematics

Xitlatli Sanchez- Associate Degree in Mathematics

Alma Albertos - Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies

Olga Perez- Associate Degree in Mathematics


PSJA Memorial Early College High School in Alamo 

 Guadalupe Abrego – Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies

Amy Huang - Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Science

Owen Ochoa - Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Science

Jennifer Crossman – STC Core Complete

Misael Garza - Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies

Janelle Rodriguez - Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies

Rebecca Ramirez - Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies


PSJA Southwest Early College High School in Pharr 

Melody Castillo - Associate Degree in Business Administration


PSJA T. Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School in Pharr

Tamara Garza - Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies

Rodrigo Palacios - Associate Degree in Mathematics


To be eligible for the Dell Scholarship, candidates must be participating in an approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12, plan to enroll full-time at an accredited higher education institution in the pursuit of a Bachelor's Degree, qualify for the Pell Grant, and demonstrate financial need.