Jose Magadan, a Mexican-American senior in the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) Business and Computer Applications (BACA) class at Gompers Secondary School, was recently selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar, a program funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Magadan was one of 1,000 students to be chosen as a Gates Millennium Scholar and he will receive approximately $5,000 for his first year of college.
“This scholarship really means a lot to me,” said Magadan. “I’ve worked hard at everything I’ve done, so this feels like a huge reward.”
Magadan will graduate this year as Valedictorian of his class, and attend San Diego State University this fall as a Finance major in the School of Business Administration. His goal for the future is a career in real estate through which he plans to help renovate poor communities in San Diego County to create better living conditions.
The Gates Millennium Scholars program helps support outstanding students of underrepresented ethnic backgrounds and financial need so they may excel in their education and complete a bachelors degree, and possibly continue on to earn masters and doctorate degrees. The goal of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is to reduce financial barriers for African American, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students who show superior academic and leadership skills, particularly in the areas of mathematics, science, engineering, education and library science. Students are nominated by school officials based on their academic achievements, as well as community service and leadership potential.
ROP is a professional career development program that offers a multitude of courses open to all residents who are 16 years of age or older. Through this public education service, individuals can receive vocational and technical training, career counseling and placement instruction. With 500 tuition-free courses offered throughout 22 different San Diego County high schools and community college districts, students are prepared to meet business and industry needs and standards on current and future labor market demands. For more information on ROP please visit the website at www.sdcoe.net/rop.