Seven students in five different El Paso Independent School District high schools have been named Gates Millennium Scholars for the 2015-16 academic years and will have their entire post-secondary school studies funded.
The students will receive a full-ride scholarship for their entire college career, including their masters and doctorate studies if they choose to pursue those degrees.
“It’s such a tremendous help,” said Chapin’s Diego Contreras. “I had been worried about paying for college and now all I have to do is make sure that I pay attention to my studies and stay on track toward graduation.”
The prestigious scholarship was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide minority students with access and money for college and boost minority participation in high-need areas like computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and science.
The seven EPISD students who earned the scholarship this year are:
• Idaly Sifuentes, Irvin High School
• Luisa Herrera, Burges High School
• Natanael Garcia, Bowie High School
• Taryn Medina, Bowie High School
• Diego Contreras, Chapin High School
• Diana Herrera-Goudeau, El Paso High School
• Geraldine Cisneros, El Paso High School
“We couldn’t be more proud of these students for showing just how dedicated our community is to helping our graduates succeed,” said EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera. “I’m also proud of the diversity in schools of our Gates Scholars. Our excellence is definitely not contained to one area of our District … it’s everywhere.”
Students are chosen based on their academic prowess, their ethnicity and their dedication to the communities in which they live.