Metro Tech HS Fernando Resendez Receives the Gates Millennium Scholarship

Posted by Community Relations on 5/13/2015

Fernando Resendez is the recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Fernando is number one in his class out of 358 students, with a 4.66 grade point average. He has been taking engineering classes at Metro Tech, and wants to become a doctor. Among his school activities, he is the vice-president of the school’s weightlifting club. He is also a member of the National Honors Society, the Math club and the Engineering club. He played basketball for Metro Tech last year, and he is active in his church and for a community organization called M.A.D. House, Making a Difference. He will be attending ASU as a pre-med major.

The goal of the Gates Millennium Scholar program is to provide opportunities for outstanding minority students with 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 Gates Foundation estimates that it is worth an average of $250,000 per student during his/her post-secondary career.