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.