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Camelback student named a Gates Millennium Scholar

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  • Craig Pletenik/Phoenix Union High School District

Job De La Cruz has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar, one of six in the District this year.

Job is the second-ranked senior in his class with a 4.65 weighted GPA and the recipient of a number of grants and scholarships already.  He is a member of DECA, the president of the schools Cereal Box Food Drive, where he volunteers ten hours a week collecting cereal for the school’s food bank.

An active member of National Honor Society, De La Cruz was accepted into the International Baccalaureate program at North and was offered a scholarship to attend Brophy Prep, but chose Camelback.

He was offered a Presidential Scholarship to St. Mary’s in San Antonio, and received the Obama and Provost Scholarships from ASU.  He plans to attend ASU and major in Business, focusing on entrepreneurship or management.

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.