Two seniors in the Socorro Independent School District have earned the prestigious Gates Scholarship, which provides funding for the full cost of their postsecondary education.
Gustavo Ramirez from Americas High School and Eric Corona Jr. from Mission Early College High School are among the 300 students nationwide who earned the highly selective scholarship.
“I definitely wasn’t able to do this alone,” Corona said. “I am lucky enough to have had the support of my family, my friends, my school, the district of course. I just want to thank them again because this is something I could’ve never accomplished without them.”
The Gates Scholarship provides for the full cost of college/university attendance, including tuition, fees, room, books, transportation, and other personal costs. More than 36,500 applicants nationwide applied for the scholarship that is available for exceptional, minority students.
“I’ve always been very passionate about having a positive contribution to the community,” Ramirez said. “This scholarship opportunity has allowed me to pursue my dream of higher education because of the funding it provides, so I am very grateful for that.”
Since the Gates Scholarship was established in 2018, several SISD students have won the generous financial award. Gates scholars are students with outstanding academic records, strong leadership abilities and have exceptional personal success.
“This is a great opportunity because the Gates scholarship pays for everything,” said Director of Guidance and Counseling Tammi Mackeben. “These top-notch students take their education very seriously and meet their expectations every school year.”
Mission Early College High School principal Ben Ortega said all seniors are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as they can. The Go Center specialist on campus helps students identify scholarships they qualify for and with the application process.
“I believe all of our students have the potential to bring in that money for themselves,” Ortega said. “Eric is a perfect example; this will definitely take him far in his education and I could not be prouder.”
The Americas High School counseling department posted a congratulatory message on Twitter for Ramirez.
“Gustavo, you allowed your dreams to become your wings, and now we see you fly,” the counselors said in the Tweet. “Congratulations on being selected as Gates Scholar and member of Gates Scholarship Class of 2020!”