GPISD Students Receive Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship

Houston, Texas: In life, there are very few “golden tickets,” but for two deserving Galena Park ISD students their real-life golden tickets have arrived as a result of their hard work and dedication.  Jocelyn Yañez and Oscar Teran, seniors at Galena Park High School, have both been awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship. The scholarship is targeted toward minority students with significant financial need who have demonstrated high academic achievement and leadership potential. This is considered one of the best scholarship programs available, and only 1000 scholarships are awarded each year.

“I tried so hard to win scholarships to take the financial burden off my parents’ shoulders. Even at their lowest points, they’ve tried their best to bless us with a better life than they ever had,” said Jocelyn. Her hard work has paid off, as the Gates Scholarship will pay for any unmet need through graduate school.  Yañez began the scholarship application early in the year, which required eight essays as part of the process. “Jocelyn has done more community service than any other GPHS student; she is very generous and organized, and a super talented singer,” said Brandi Couch, Student Academic Advisor for Galena Park Independent School District. Yañez plans to attend Texas A&M for a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health this fall.

“In the end, it all pays off,” said Oscar Teran, an especially unique young man.  His sister was awarded the scholarship two years ago. He will continue the legacy for his family, planning to pursue his degree in Civil Engineering at Texas A&M this coming school year. “Oscar is very interesting, not your typical Valedictorian; he is on top of everything, but his persona is all cool. He is even more relaxed now that he has won this scholarship,” said Brandi Couch.

Galena Park ISD consistently strives to assist and promote student scholarships.  Galena Park High School has had at least one student awarded the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship for the last six consecutive years.


Jocelyn Yañez

Pictured: Jocelyn Yañez


Oscan Teran

Pictured: Oscar Teran





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