St. Augustine High School Senior Tomas Garcia (Class of 2008) is the recipient of a dream scholarship that provides financial support from undergraduate through doctoral programs, said James Horne, Principal.
Called, the Gates Millennium Scholarship, the award will enable the Saintsman to choose any college or university that accepts him. Tomas, the son of Rafael and Maria Garcia of Chula Vista, and an honor scholar with a 4.23 GPA, has narrowed his college choice to the University of Pennsylvania.
“St. Augustine is tremendously proud of Tomas and all his achievements during his four years at the school,” said Principal Horne. “Competition is keen for thesae scholarships and Saints is proud of the fact Tomas is the second Gates Scholar in two years to receive this amazing scholarship.”
Last year, Saints alumnus Fausto Bustos received a Gates Scholarship and is presently attending Stanford University, said Horne.
The Gates Millennium Scholars program, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
According to the organization’s website, the goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential. The financial award provides seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs, for students selected as Gates Scholars entering target disciplines. For more information on the Fairfax, VA based program: www.gmsp.org