Seventeen Cathedral High School students have been named finalists for the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholars Program.
The goal of GMS, which was created in 1999 with a $1 billion grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students to reach their highest potential.
The Cathedral students named 2015 Gates Finalists are Daniel Barrio, Sebastian De La Cruz, Cameron Paredes, Aldrin Federico, Daniel Fernandez, Esteban Fierro, Cesar Garcia, Matthew Hallmark, Pablo Herrera, Sebastian Horcasitas, Brandon Martinez, Anthony Nava, Esteban Orozco, Victor Portillo, Roberto Ruiz, and Fabian Yepo.
The students were selected from a national applicant pool of students who demonstrated financial need, high academic standards, and exceptional leadership qualities.
The seventeen Cathedral seniors, all dual credit students at the El Paso Community College, join the 87 Gates Finalists and 45 Gates Scholars that Cathedral High School and its Dual Credit Program has produced since 2009.
Last year, Cathedral High School was recognized for its nineteen finalists and record ten Gates Scholars, the most in the State of Texas. The current seventeen finalists now move on to the last phase with the Gates Scholars being announced in mid-April.
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program annually selects 1,000 students nationwide to receive a scholarship for use at the college or university of their choice. The program provides scholars with personal and professional development through leadership programs and academic support.
A GMS Scholarship provides recipients with unmet costs of education, renewable awards for maintaining academic standards, graduate school funding within key subject areas, and access to leadership development programs.