10 Socorro ISD Students named Gates Millennium Scholarship Award Winners

Ten Socorro Independent School District students — the most in SISD’s history — were named scholarship winners in the 2016 Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program.

The 2016 GMS scholarship recipients are: Sergio Dominguez from Socorro High School; Miguel Martinez and Eduardo Arzabala from Eastlake High School; Dina Torres from Mission Early College High School; Felipe Palacios and Julian Franco from Americas High School; and Aibhlin Esparza, Parrish Feimster, Jordan Lopez, Miguel Moya from El Dorado High School.

“This is more than we have ever had,” said Tammi Mackeben, director if guidance and counseling. “We are very proud of our 10 winners. Financial resources are a barrier students face when deciding on their college future. SISD counselors, administrators and teachers work diligently to assist students with finding financial aid through many channels. The Gates Millennium Scholarship is a wonderful financial aid package that covers the cost of unmet tuition, books, fees and living expenses.”

GMS winners must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate leadership abilities at school and in the community.

“These 10 students have worked tirelessly to complete the application,” Mackeben said. “They are very dedicated and high quality students.

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest.