Faith Christian School, a distinctively Christian classical school serving students in grades K – 12, is pleased to announce that senior, Katherine Quiroz, has been named as one of the only 1,000 high school seniors across the country to receive the highly coveted Gates Millennium Scholarship for 2013. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the scholarship will pay for her undergraduate education at any college or university in America. Valued at $350,000, it will also cover study abroad as well as her Master’s and Doctorate degrees at the university of her choice, should she choose to pursue. Nominees are assessed based upon academic achievement, leadership, and community service, and must complete a series of in depth essays.
Quiroz was also one of eleven high school seniors in the state of Virginia to receive the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. $10,000 cash Leadership Award. She was also awarded $1,000 by the Virginia Gentlemen’s Barbershop Quartet, and the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship from the Philanthropic Educational Organization. She has also been notified by the Foundation of Roanoke Valley that she was chosen to receive scholarship funding, but hasn’t yet learned of the amount.
“When I was in eighth grade and at another school, I begged my mother to send me to Faith Christian School.” Quiroz shares, “ 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. I felt like being a student at FCS would not only provide me an excellent education, but would help me get scholarships for college.”
Katherine Quiroz has a younger brother and is the daughter of single mother, Elaine Quiroz of Roanoke County. She is a member of the Roanoke College Children’s Choir, the President of Faith Christian School’s Hi-Y Government & Service organization, and a student leader at church.
Quiroz says that she’s been saving money for college for a long time, babysitting five to six days a week during the school year and holding down a full-time job during the summers “just in case.”
Quiroz will attend Christopher Newport University in the fall, majoring in Communications with minors in Leadership and Spanish. She will be completing her Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in her fifth year. She plans on pursuing a doctorate after working in the field for a few years.
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Submitted by Susan Childs