Faith Christian School senior Katherine Quiroz is among 1,000 students named a 2013 Gates Millennium Scholars, according to a news release from the school.
The scholarship program, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, evaluates students on academic achievement, leadership and community service. According to the release, the scholarship is valued at $350,000 and will pay for Quiroz’s undergraduate education, and any studying abroad and graduate degrees.
“When I was in eighth grade and at another school, I begged my mother to send me to Faith Christian School.” Quiroz said in a statement. “I told my mom, who wasn’t working at the time, that if she paid for me to go to FCS that I would pay for college.”
Quiroz plans to attend Christopher Newport University in the fall and major in communications with minors in leadership and Spanish. She also plans to earn a masters degree in teaching and eventually pursue her doctorate.