Solana Beach student Daisy Aguilar receives prestigious Gates Millennium College Scholarship

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s 2013 Overall Youth of the Year, Daisy Aguilar, just announced she is a recipient of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS) Award.

With this scholarship, Daisy will be able to attend the University of San Diego, her first choice out of nine universities she received acceptance letters from. The scholarship provides full funding for Daisy’s education in any discipline area of study she chooses to pursue. Gates Millennium Scholars who choose to continue their education beyond a bachelors may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. In addition, the scholarship pays for any study abroad expenses she incurs.

Only 1,000 high school seniors receive this scholarship each year, (20 from each 50 states). Daisy was one of five chosen from San Diego. Over 52,000 applicants applied this year which puts Daisy in the 2 percent of students who received the award.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship award is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation back in 1999. In order to meet the requirements for the scholarship, applicants must be of one or more of the following ethnicities: African American, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American and with at least a 3.3 minimum grade point average. After meeting these requirements, an intensive application and interview process is also involved.

“My life has changed dramatically in the past three weeks since I have finally committed to my top school, USD, and I am ecstatic to be a Torero”, said Daisy. “There’s nothing better than sharing the joy of this blessing than with the organization that supported me throughout my life. My Boys & Girls Club family was the first to contact me and congratulate me on this award. I could hear all of the staff on speakerphone screaming and shouting while I cried on the other end. My love for them grows each day and I am lucky to have the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito in my life. Great futures really do start here!”

Daisy will be the first in her family to attend college and plans to double major in business and sociology and obtain her minor in non profit management.

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