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Scholarship helps Longoria study math at Columbia

POSTED: May 12, 2013 12:01 a.m.

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The idea of pursuing a degree in mathematics at a school like Columbia University in New York is a big step for anyone.

Thankfully, Gainesville High School senior Alex Longoria has a little help. He was awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

Longoria was chosen as one of 1,000 scholarship recipients, out of 54,000 qualified applicants.

The scholarship, funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, covers all financial needs for his undergraduate program, along with up to $30,000 per year of assistance for graduate school.

Longoria discovered and applied for the scholarship after Veronica Leon, a Gainesville High School alumnus, received the scholarship three years ago. Applicants for the scholarship must exceed academically and be considered a minority.

After submitting the application, writing eight essays, gathering teacher recommendations and waiting for a while, he was selected for the scholarship that would send him to New York.

This scholarship has opened many doors for Longoria. Although his initial focus is mathematics, he believes he could pursue anything.

“I will continue with mathematics, begin engineering, or even venture into law school,” Longoria said. “Thankfully, Columbia makes it possible for me to do any of the three.”

Education is something that has always been emphasized by his family growing up, he said.

“I am very appreciative for the great help that my family, teachers, and friends have provided, from the many recommendations that were written to the great support and good wishes,” Longoria said.


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