Chavez Student Receives Gates Millennium Scholarship

Posted by Community Relations Department on 5/8/2013

Jesus Guzman is the second Gates Millennium Scholar in the past two years at Chavez.    Guzman is the school’s valedictorian this year, ranked at the top of the senior class.  He has been a member of the highly regarded Academic Decathlon team, and was a junior officer in the National Honor Society.  Last summer, he was selected to attend M.I.T.’s summer program for engineering students.    Guzman, who is tri-lingual (in English, Spanish and French) has an entrepreneurial side too.  He started a family business with his younger brother and his father, who works for a lumber company, building dog houses.  Jesus does the marketing and advertising for the business.  He had already been accepted to Stanford on a full-ride, where he plans on majoring in computer science.    


The Gates Millennium scholarship can be used for graduate and doctoral programs, as well. It is valued at $250,000.  The goal of the Gates Millennium Scholar program is to provide opportunities for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential and increase representation of minorities in disciplines such as science, education, engineering, mathematics, public health and sciences.    Over 25,000 students apply for the Gates.   Each year, about 1,000 are awarded nationwide.