Three Eastwood High School seniors were among the 300 U.S. students receiving the first-ever Gates Scholarship, an all-expense-paid college scholarship funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Andrew Lowrance, Leonardo Moraveg and Ryan Solis were all awarded the scholarship that covers the full cost of the college or university of their choice. The scholarship money will cover tuition, fees, room, board, books and transportation and other personal costs that the school or other scholarships do not already cover.
All three seniors will be attending Ivy League schools. Lowrance will study physics and behavioral economics at the University of Pennsylvania; Moraveg is majoring in economics at Brown University and Solis is majoring in government and economics at Harvard University.
“We are extremely proud of our Gates Scholars,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre. “Thanks to their unrelenting determination, perseverance, and hard work at Eastwood High School, they are now positioned to realize their dreams of a successful postsecondary education and rewarding professional career.”
More than 28,000 students applied for this year’s Gates Scholarship. The program is aimed to help students from low-income backgrounds realize their maximum potential. The Scholarship works to eliminate financial barriers which could otherwise discourage promising students from reaching their goals.
The Gates Scholarship will fund 300 students per year for a decade, totaling 3,000 students over the life of the program. Eligible students must be members of one or more of the following ethnic minorities: African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian and Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American, officials said. The ideal candidate demonstrates outstanding academic performance, leadership ability, and exceptional personal success skills.