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Former Young Achievers earn Gates Scholarships

Former Young Achievers earn Gates Scholarships

Gates scholars claim success stems from their experience with leadership program.

Last month, Brandon Mojica and Joyce Paez were recognized by Mayor Julián Castro and City Council members for earning a Gates Millennium Scholarship (GSM).

The GMS Program is funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that gives students leadership development opportunities, mentoring, academic and social support as well as financial support.

Both Mojica and Paez are former Young Achievers (Alumni-2007-08) and are graduates from Lanier High School. Mojica will be attending the University of Texas Business School and Paez is set to attend Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. Both scholars attribute much of their success to their experience with the Young Achievers program.

“Being a part of the Young Achievers Program has shaped me into the successful leader I am today,” said Paez. “This distinguished program taught me the importance of higher education, dedication and leadership. Through the Young Achievers, I learned that hard work and dedication to goals is very critical if you wish to overcome obstacles and achieve success. “

Mojica concurred, adding, “Participating in this program as a young boy at Rhodes Middle School really instilled in me the value of a college education.”

Young Achievers is a program sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio. Young Achievers is a college preparation program with partnering school districts. Students who commit to the 16-week program participate in workshops, take field trips to college campuses, meet with a mentor and have an opportunity to take the SAT test. Students are given an opportunity to compete for a scholarship for a three-week summer study workshop at a university.

To learn more about the program, contact Armando Camina at 210-788-5893 or email at acamina@begreatsa.org.

Learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio.

Photo Courtesy: Armando Camina/Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio