Four PSJA seniors awarded Gates Scholarship

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PSJA 2020 Gates Scholars (Source: PSJA Press Release)

PHARR, Texas — The Pharr-San Juan- Alamo Independent School District (PSJA ISD) announced four of their seniors were awarded the Gates Scholarship.

The scholarship will cover their university career and post -graduate education, said the release.

The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. The scholarship is awarded to 300 top student leaders each year from across the nation with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation and providing them with the opportunity to reach their full potential.

According to a release, over 36,500 students applied for the scholarship across the country.

“Congratulations to the students for being awarded this competitive scholarship,” said PSJA Superintendent Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo. “We commended you for your hard work and dedication.”

Below are the recepients of the scholarship as stated in the release:

PSJA North Early College High School

    Melanny Garcia – Attending to Stanford University, and received an Associate Degree in Mathematics from STC last December

    Daija Esparza – Attending UT-Austin, and will be graduating with an Associate Degree in Mathematics from STC

PSJA Southwest Early College High School 

    Marianno Salcedo – Attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and will be graduating with an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering from STC

PSJA T. Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School

    Maria Carrillo – Attending the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and received an Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies of Science from STC last December

The release adds the district is currently offering Virtual College Advising. Those needing assistance can email collegetransition@psjaisd.us or visit their website.

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