Banning High School Student Leslie Paz has been awarded the prestigious Gates Scholarship. This scholarship pays for any costs of attendance not covered by other scholarships. Leslie is a true example of what it means to be Bronco Strong. Leslie’s kindness, perseverance, and creativity helped her grow during her time at BHS. As a first-generation college student she is honored to receive this scholarship and to be admitted to top rated universities.The Gates Scholarship began in 2018 and funds 300 students per year. This prestigious scholarship program is based on evidence that by eliminating the financial barriers to college, a last-dollar scholarship can enable high-potential, low-income minority students to excel in their course work, graduate college, and continue to be leaders throughout their lives.
In addition to funding, The Gates Scholarship will provide further support to Scholars by engaging with them and their institutions in a variety of ways, to ensure they have access to the resources and services they need, from their first to last day of classes, through graduation and the transition to their chosen careers.
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In addition to the Gates Scholarship, Leslie is a Questbridge College Prep Scholar, an AP Scholar with Honors, a National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar, a Hispanic Scholarship Fund recipient, and a Riverside County Seal of Multi-literacy recipient.
Leslie will attend Claremont McKenna College this fall where she will major in history. Her current career goal is to become a History and AVID teacher. At Claremont McKenna, Leslie plans to become involved in debate, journalism, and community-oriented extracurricular activities. Her mission in life is to get disadvantaged students to participate in social activism and empower themselves by pursuing an education.