Campus: San Francisco State University -- November 20, 2000

Six SFSU Students Named Gates Millennium Scholars

Bill and Melinda Gates fund new $1 billion scholarship program for minorities

Six San Francisco State University students were recently named among the 4,000 nationwide Gates Millennium Scholars, a 20-year, $1 billion scholarship program for minority college students funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The SFSU winners are: creative writing sophomore Zoey Watson of Oakland's Lake Merritt neighborhood; nursing senior Jamie Yu of Oakland's Glenview district; nursing senior Ana Gomez-Uribe of East Oakland; education graduate student Juan Sanchez of San Francisco's Mission district; computer science freshman Giau Huynh of San Francisco's Bayview district; and undeclared freshman Angelina Uperesa of Daly City.

"I wish to extend my congratulations to these students, who work hard to balance school with their lives at home and at work," said SFSU President Robert A. Corrigan. "This new scholarship program will provide a wealth of opportunities for the underrepresented students that we, at San Francisco State, strive to prepare for the next generation of leadership in America."

Sanchez, who has lived in the Mission nearly his entire life, said the scholarship would help him toward his long-term goal of encouraging other minorities to attend college. He is also a full-time math teacher at San Francisco's John O'Connell High School and volunteers at several educational outreach programs for minority youth.

"Hopefully, I'll be able to use this to get into a doctorate program [in education]," he said. "My long-term goal is to become an outreach programs director and help minorities gain access to college."

The scholarships awarded to the SFSU students ranged between $450 and $15,000 for the 2000-01 school year. More than 62,000 students nationwide were nominated for the merit-based scholarships this year. The Gates Millennium Scholars initiative was created last fall with a grant of private money from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program is administered by the United Negro College Fund, in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the American Indian College Fund.

The fourth largest campus in the 23-campus California State University system, SFSU is a highly diverse, comprehensive, public, urban university.

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