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Capacity Crowd Attends UT Outreach San Antonio Gates Millennium Scholarship Session

November 2, 2012

There was not a seat unfilled when UT Outreach San Antonio hosted a Gates Millennium Scholarship Information Session at Café College on Thursday, October 18. Sarah Rodriguez, a UT doctoral student and Gates Millennium scholarship recipient, provided a comprehensive session on the application process. Ms. Rodriguez included a writing activity to provide students with constructive critiques of their GMS application responses and an overview of how the scholarship had benefited her.

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“The purpose of the GMS workshop was to provide high school seniors with a clear understanding of the application process and to share insightful tips that could increase the strength of their submission,” said Dr. Rose Martinez, executive director for UT Outreach of South Texas. “I have invited Sarah to share the information to our UT Outreach students for the last two years and she has always been accommodating. The Gates Millennium Scholarship is like a golden ticket given the unmatched financial support and professional development provided.”

 UT Outreach Director, Lori Reyes arranged the event and was pleasantly surprised by overwhelming response from both students and parents. “Café College, a city operated facility created specifically for the dissemination of information on preparing and enrolling in college, provided free accommodations for the event.

Students from many of the five UT Outreach high schools were present at the workshop including Edison High School and Sydney Lanier High School. Edison High School Senior Mandy Fernandez explained, “The Gates Millennium Info Session was beneficial to me by giving me more insight as to how to get the reader’s attention for the essay portion of the application. I got a better idea of how to make myself sound unique. I was able to ask simple but important questions and I got a better idea of how the applicants are chosen.” Andrea Arispe, an 11th grade at Lanier High School interjected, “I was amazed at some of the things it will cover, like a house or a car! I think I’m somewhat ready and prepared now to take on the challenge!”

Sarah Rodriguez has provided GMS Information sessions for the last two years at the invitation of Dr. Martinez and Ms. Reyes. When asked why she volunteers her time, she responds, “GMS instills a sense of responsibility among its scholars and reminds us to whom much is given, much is expected. GMS has invested extensive funding and resources in my future, and it is up to me to see that I pay it forward. I want to make a difference, even if just in the life of one student, I want to know that I have touched a life and encouraged their pathway to success.”

In order to be eligible to be considered for the GMS scholarship, a complete application must be submitted online by Wednesday, January 16, 2013 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).To learn more about GMS, go to  http://gmsp.org/.

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