Tamika Taylor, a senior and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) student at Evanston Township High School, has been selected as a 2011 Dell Scholar.
Taylor is one of 300 high school seniors–and the only student from a suburban high school in Illinois–to receive the national award from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Each awardee will receive a $20,000 scholarship and a Dell computer.
Taylor has participated in the AVID program at ETHS since her freshman year. AVID is a national four-year college readiness program that is designed to increase schoolwide learning and prepare high school students for higher education.
Sabrina Ehmke, AVID teacher, encouraged several ETHS AVID seniors to apply for the Dell Scholarship, including Tamika. Ehmke said that Tamika’s commitment to education and dedication to her studies extends beyond that of many high school students, making her an ideal Dell Scholar.
AVID students around the country compete for this scholarship. While there have been finalists from the ETHS AVID program in the past, she is the first AVID senior at Evanston High School to win this award.
Tamika is the daughter of Marie Richards of Evanston. She has participated in WTTW (Wildkit Therapeutic Theatre Workshop) at ETHS, and holds a part-time job.
Taylor plans to attend college in Michigan with a major in mechanical engineering.
The Dell Scholars Program aims to provide students with everything they need to begin and complete college.
In addition to the financial support, 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 achieve their college degrees.
Scholars become part of a support network for each other that is made up of themselves, their schools, families, peers and a dedicated Dell Scholar team at the Michael & Susan Dell foundation.
Above: Scholarship winner Tamika Taylor with teacher Sabrina Ehmke.