Maryvale Student Named Gates Millennium Scholar

Posted by Community Relations Department on 5/2/2012 12:00:00 PM

Fernando Chavez was one of five Phoenix Union High School District students named Gates Millennium Scholars this spring, earning scholarships valued up to $250,000, which can be applied toward undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees.  Over 25,000 applied for the scholarship this year with 1,000 selected. Scholarship recipients are assessed in the areas of academic achievement, community service and leadership.    The goal of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Gates Millennium Scholars program is to promote academic excellence and provide an opportunity 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.   


 Chavez was a Congressional Page for Rep. Ed Pastor in the fall of 2010 in Washington, D.C. and earned a 4.0 at the Congressional School he attended during that time.  At Maryvale, he has a 4.5 GPA and is in the top two percent of his class, ranked 10th of 507 students.   Chavez has been in JROTC for four years and is currently the battalion command sergeant major.  He has co-captained the Maryvale Chess team, which competed in the State Tournament twice in the last three years.  Chavez has also mentored children who are involved in chess at the YMCA.  A member of the National Honor Society, Chavez   is planning to go to ASU for a year and then transferring to either New York University or Georgetown. He plans to study political science and philosophy perhaps as a double major. His career goals are to attend Harvard to earn his law degree and become a U.S. Congressman.  His ultimate goal is to run for President of the United States of America.