Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Gates Millennium Scholarship Goes to 10 Students

Congratulations to 10 graduating seniors who have been named Gates Millennium Scholars.

The program selects 1,000 students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. Scholars also receive personal and professional development, through leadership programs, along with academic support throughout their college career.

"I congratulate each one of these students on their accomplishment," said Superintendent Bill Kowba. "They have received a very rare and special gift as a Gates Millennium Scholar and I hope they use it well."

Five of the students -- Diego Ceron, Karla Cruz, Bertin Solis and Alan Bong -- are part of the Reality Changers program, which helps students with disadvantaged backgrounds.

“Education continues to be the best pathway to opportunity, and we believe that college costs should not be an obstacle along that path,” said Jim Larimore the deputy director for student success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“That’swhy scholarships like the Gates Millennium Scholars Program and others are so important," he said. "Scholarships provide students who have the will to get a post-secondary education with a way to get one, thereby securing a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.”

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.

Continuing Gates Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. The goal of program is to promote academic excellence by providing thousands of outstanding students, who have significant financial need, the opportunity to reach their full potential.

For more information on the program, go to

Scholarship Recipients

  • Anita Agoh, San Diego High School of Science and Technology, UC Berkeley
  • Eden Aklile, Serra
  • Karla Cruz, San Diego Met, UC Berkeley
  • Pedro Mota, Lincoln, Brown
  • Teresa Ramos, Kearny High Science Connections and Technology School, San Diego State University
  • Bertin Solis, Mission Bay, UC Santa Barbara
  • Alan Vong, Madison, UC Santa Barbara
Charter Schools

  • Diego Ceron, Preuss School UCSD, Villanova
  • Elayne Tram Nguyen, Preuss UCSD
  • Reyna Pacheco Rios, Preuss School UCSD