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Trooper Triumvirate Awarded Gates Scholarships

Three Eastwood High School graduating seniors – Andrew Lowrance, Leonardo Moraveg, and Ryan Solis – have been named to the inaugural group of 300 U.S. student leaders receiving the first-ever Gates Scholarship, an-all-expense-paid college scholarship funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“We are extremely proud of our Gates Scholars,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre. “Thanks to their unrelenting determination, perseverance, and hard work at Eastwood High School, they are now positioned to realize their dreams of a successful postsecondary education and rewarding professional career.”

Lowrance, Moraveg, and Solis all plan to use their Gates Scholarships to attend Ivy League Schools.

Lowrance plans to study physics and behavioral economics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; Moraveg will major in economics at Brown University; and Solis plans to major in government and economics at Harvard University.

More than 28,000 students applied for this year’s Gates Scholarship. With the launch of this new scholarship program, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation continues its longstanding commitment to help outstanding minority students who come from low-income backgrounds realize their maximum potential.

This prestigious scholarship program is based on evidence that by eliminating the financial barriers to college, an all-expenses-paid scholarship can enable high-potential, low-income minority students to excel in their course work, graduate college, and continue to be leaders throughout their lives.

All Gates Scholars will have the full cost of their undergraduate studies covered at any accredited college or university of their choosing. This includes tuition, fees, room, board, books, and transportation, and possibly other personal costs that the school or other scholarships don’t pay, over and above what the students’ parents can afford to pay.

The Gates Scholarship will fund 300 students per year for a decade, totaling 3,000 students over the life of the program.

Eligible students must be members of one or more of the following ethnic minorities: African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian and Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American, officials said. The ideal candidate demonstrates outstanding academic performance, leadership ability, and exceptional personal success skills.

Eastwood High Senior Awarded YISD’s President’s Award for February

The Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees honored Eastwood High School senior Ryan Solis, who has devoted nearly 500 hours of his free time over the past four years to community and public service, with the February President’s Award.

Aside from participating in more than 20 extracurricular clubs, Ryan is an active part of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, where he served as an associate director and the youngest member of the Board of Governors for two terms. He is also a district office intern with State Senator Cesar Blanco in the Office of Texas House Minority Whip.

In addition, Ryan co-founded a community project called Safety in Cognizance, which seeks to combat human trafficking on the U.S.-Mexico border by working with international organizations. Through this project, Ryan has given presentations on safety and prevention that have impacted more than 1,200 students.

Ryan’s exceptional work has been honored nationwide with a Disney Dreamer Award – and last week, he accepted a community service award in Washington D.C. from the National Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Ryan’s efforts to improve the lives of all residents in the El Paso region are admirable, and YISD is proud to honor his passion and dedication to public service.

The President’s Award is given by the President of the Board of Trustees to a YISD student who has demonstrated exceptional and/or innovative, out-of-the-ordinary service to others, particularly those within the YISD community. This award will be presented to the selected recipient a maximum of once per month during the regularly scheduled meeting of the YISD Board of Trustees.

Eligible YISD students must be nominated for the award by a school principal, assistant principal, or Trustee; and must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

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