SCC Upward Bound Student Kyra Seay Named Dell Scholar
Kyra Seay was recently named a 2010 Dell Scholar. Seay is a senior at Keokuk High School and concurrently enrolled at SCC through its Upward Bound program. The Dell Scholars Program awards 300 scholarships annually nationwide. Seay is one of just four students from the state of Iowa named to this year’s list.
Seay credits her family, teachers, and SCC’s Upward Bound program for helping her develop the desire and confidence to go to college. “I didn’t originally want to go to college, but so many people said they saw something in me and just kept encouraging me.”
The Dell Scholars Program is actually more than a traditional scholarship. It is designed to help students succeed in college from start through completion. It focuses more on a student’s determination to succeed than just academic record and test scores.
“Most of the application required me to write essays about my life. I had to write about my experience and views on personal responsibility, the adversities I’ve faced to get an education, and my goals in life,” Seay explained.
“They wanted to know me as a person and to see if college is what I really want for myself.”
In addition to being a senior at Keokuk High School, Seay is an Upward Bound student at SCC. The Upward Bound program exposes high school students to—and prepares them for—college. Upward Bound serves students from low-income families, and those who would be first-generation college graduates.
Wesley White, Seay’s Upward Bound Advisor, says becoming a Dell Scholar is a big honor. “A lot of students apply every year. It’s very competitive. For Kyra to win, that’s great. I can’t think of anybody more deserving.”
Seay plans to attend the University of Iowa in the fall to study International Business. She hopes to also study abroad.
“I’ve taken a lot of college classes here at SCC and so I’ll actually enter as a sophomore, which is pretty cool,” beams Seay.
Dell Scholars receive $20,000 each to continue their higher education over the course of six years. In addition, the Dell Scholars Program provides its students with technology, a private scholar networking community, resources, and mentoring to ensure they have the support they need to obtain a college degree.
To learn more about the Dell Scholars Program, visit http://www.dellscholars.org/public/
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