Valley High senior to attend college for free as a 'Gates Scholar'

Updated: 05/02/2014 11:11 AM | Created: 05/02/2014 11:08 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Valley High School senior Gabe Reyes is taking it all in.

In just two weeks, he'll be graduating from high school, but that's not the only thing he's smiling about.

"It said congratulations," Gabe said.

He just found out he has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar, which means his college education will be free. His tuition, fees, books, room and board will all be covered by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Even better? Gabe's education will also be paid for if he decides to get his master's or PhD.

"(It said) you're one of the 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars and I was crying. I started crying in class because I just can't believe I got selected," Gabe said.

The first person he called was his mom, an immigrant from Mexico, who always told Gabe to dream big.

Lidia Reyes said she's happy but nervous for her son. Nervous because Gabe will be moving across the country to go to his dream school.

"Brown University is where I wanted to get in, so I did," he said.

Gabe, who will graduate with a 4.4 GPA, will now be the first person in his family to attend a university--let alone the first to attend an Ivy League school.

"All they wanted was for me to have the best future that I can possibly have and so I figured this is how I can repay them by knowing I'll be going to a really good school. I'll be taken care of that, they've done their job. Now it's up to me," he said.

Gabe wants to study philosphy and psychology. He said he wants to either be a teacher or an attorney.

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