Trevor Browne Student Named Gates Millennium Scholar

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

Juan Mora 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.   



Mora continues a tradition of Gates Millennium Scholars at Trevor Browne.  The school had two each in 2007 and 2008.  He is already planning to use the Gates Scholarship for graduate school, since he has also won a Dorrance Scholarship, as well, which is a full-ride to a state university.  Mora is outstanding in math. This year in Academic Decathlon, he took first place in the math event in District and Region and 3rd in State.  He participated in Mathletes, and not only ranked number one at Trevor Browne, but in the top five percent in the nation.  He tutors fellow students in math and writing, is an officer for student government, National Hounors Society, and heads a youth group at his church.  Mora has a 4.02 GPA, ranked 13th in his class of 581, and has already earned 19 college credits through the Estrella Mountain Community College ACE Plus program.  He plans to dual-major in:  Mathematics (Secondary Education) and Mathematics (Business) at ASU.