Maryvale Student Named Gates Millennium Scholar

Posted by Community Relations Department on 5/8/2013

Maryvale has a Gates Millennium Scholar for the third year in a row.  Jessica Garcia is the recipient.  Jessica has a 3.92 grade point average, ranked fifth in her senior class.  She is planning to go to the University of Arizona next year, since she already received a Wildcat Excellence Scholarship, but with the Gates, she might explore Yale or Harvard after that.  She is undecided on a major, but she would eventually like to go to medical school.  Garcia played soccer at Maryvale, has been involved in the Earth Club, Be a Leader Club; National Honor Society, and the Be Unique club, where she did a lot of community service, working with the Boys and Girls Club, participating in health fairs and gardening and landscaping in beautification projects.  She was also a member of the first class at Rio Salado’s SPOT 127 Youth Media program, learning digital media in the afterschool program.    Her older brother went to college for a year, but Garcia would be the first college graduate in her family, if she continues on the path that she is on.

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.    This program is unique in that it can be used for undergraduate and graduate degrees, room and board, fees and books, but because it supplements other funding sources, it is difficult to put a value on it.   The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation estimates that it is worth an average of $250,000 per student during his/her post-secondary career.