Gates Millennium Scholar becomes First-Year Trinity Student


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Aug. 30, 2013

Gates Millennium Scholar becomes First-Year Trinity Student


Anthony Sanchez says he’s living his “Renaissance” dream


By Sharon Jones Schweitzer

Anthony SanchezSAN ANTONIO - Anthony Sanchez arrived on campus this August, along with a cadre of other first-generation, underrepresented student, ready to "experience everything Trinity University has to offer." After graduating #4 in his class at his Sinton, Texas, high school, Sanchez determined Trinity was his first choice in his college search. However, he knew his family would need considerable financial assistance to make it work.

This summer, Sanchez was selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar, making his dream of a college education at a private institution possible. When coupled with a federal grant and some Trinity merit aid, the Gates Scholarship equals a full-ride scholarship. One of only 1,000 students chosen out of approximately 54,000 applicants this year, the 18-year-old track athlete says, "This is one of the biggest hurdles I've overcome."

The Gates Millennium Scholar program is funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and was established in 1999 to provide outstanding low-income minority students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose. The program provides recipients with leadership development opportunities, mentoring, and academic and social support as well as with financial support.

Self-assured and outgoing, Sanchez says track wasn't the only thing that attracted Sanchez to Trinity: "During my campus visit, I sat in on a mock HUMA 1600 class and was amazed at the energy and interaction the faculty had with the students." Currently he plans to study history and then attend graduate school. Sanchez, who calls himself a "Renaissance" man, plans to explore many of his academic and extracurricular interests as possible, including a semester abroad. What is he looking forward to his first year at Trinity? "Getting to know his professors and developing friendships."

Sanchez already has something in common with three other Trinity students who are also Gates Millennium Scholars. Trinity has a strong track record for recruiting and supporting students who are first-generation and from underrepresented communities. Trinity's "Bridge Program" offers a number of activities designed to ease transition to college life including special seminars, early move-in into the residence halls, and peer mentors.

Sharon Jones Schweitzer '75 is assistant vice president for External Affairs. She can be reached at sjones@trinity.edu