Bioscience student named Gates Millennium Scholar
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Bioscience student named Gates Millennium Scholar

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  • Craig Pletenik/Phoenix Union High School District

Juan Vasquez is the fifth Gates Millennium Scholar for Bioscience High School in the past four years.

Juan has a weighted GPA of 4.645.  His passion is math, physics and engineering, and he is considering a career in either civil or mechanical engineering.  He has touched on both in his high school career, promoting sustainable transportation by working on a free bike-share project.  He has also helped build the schools’ hybrid electric vehicle.

The youngest of six children, he buys, refurbishes and sells bicycles on-line, and he repairs cracked cell phones to help support his family.

Juan was a two-year captain of the Carl Hayden Soccer team. He also volunteers at church, serves as a mentor and has become involved in civic engagement with Neighborhood Ministries.  He recently travelled to Washington, D.C.  in support of comprehensive immigration reform.

Juan will attend Lewis and Clark College in Portland in a three-year pre-engineering program, before completing his mechanical engineering degree at either Columbia, Washington Univ. in St. Louis or USC.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship 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.   One-thousand students were selected from 52,000 applicants, nationwide.