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Four SAISD students named Gates Millennium Scholars

Four SAISD students named Gates Scholars

April 26, 2012

Four SAISD seniors are among 1,000 high school students in the nation named 2012 Gates Millennium Scholars, an honor that comes with a good-through-graduation scholarship to be used at any U.S. accredited college or university.

The students were selected from a pool of more than 24,000 applicants, based on their academic achievement, community service and leadership potential.

Students may use the scholarship for an undergraduate degree in any area of interest. Scholars who want to continue their studies can request additional funding for a graduate degree program, through the doctoral level, in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.

The four SAISD students are:

  • Clarisa Medina, Jefferson High School. She will attend St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. She is ranked 25th in her graduating class. In an effort to give back to her community, Clarisa organized and led a weeklong leadership camp for middle school girls during spring break, in March. This significant undertaking earned her the Girl Scouts’ “Gold Award,” the organization’s highest honor. She also has developed leadership skills as a member of the GEAR UP Leadership Team and an officer of Gamma Sigma Girls, a unique leadership development program offered by the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas in partnership with SAISD.
  • Brandon Mojica, Lanier High School. He will attend the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business in the fall. He is a student in Lanier’s Business and Finance Magnet program and is ranked No. 5 in his graduating class. Brandon was among the top students selected to intern at the Alamo Federal Credit Union located at the school. He has volunteered for a playground renovation project, school cleanup efforts and at church festivals. He has built his leadership skills as a member of the Student Leadership Team and as Senior Class vice president, as well as in his position as baseball captain.
  • Joyce Paez, Lanier High School. She plans to attend Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She is ranked No. 10 in her graduating class and has had the opportunity to participate in two selective National Hispanic Institute programs: the 2010 Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session and the 2011 Collegiate World Series. Joyce has volunteered at the animal shelter, at a college day care center and at her church. She has honed her leadership skills as a member of the GEAR UP Student Leadership Team, an intern at the campus branch of the Alamo Federal Credit Union and as president of Lanier’s chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.
  • Steven Rivera, Burbank High School. He is still deciding on a college to attend, with three prestigious institutions from which to choose: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and Columbia University. Steven is a student in the college-preparatory International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, located at Burbank, and a National Hispanic Scholar. He has volunteered in helping the homeless and in neighborhood cleanup efforts and honed his leadership skills as a percussion leader for the school band.
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