Prep senior selected as Gates Scholar

Jaime Rodriguez, a Fairfield Prep senior, has been selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar.
Jaime Rodriguez, a Fairfield Prep senior, has been selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar.Contributed Photo

Jaime Rodriguez, a senior at Fairfield College Preparatory School, has been selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar.

Rodriguez, among 1,000 recipients nationwide, plans to attend Fordham University and pursue a pre-med major, with the ultimate goal of becoming a physician.

The program is the nation's largest minority scholarship provider, funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students of color who demonstrate academic excellence and strong leadership skills. Scholarships provide tuition assistance at the college or university of a recipient's choice.

Gates scholars who pursue graduate studies in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and science are eligible for continued funding.

Rodriguez, a Bridgeport resident, attended Fairfield Prep through its SEED (Students for Educational Excellence through Diversity) program. He is a member of Prep's ASPIRA (Hispanic Club) and African-American Cultural Club, as well as a founding member of Prep's Diversity Club. He also has been a member of the Southern Connecticut Conference's Diversity Dream Team.

He has volunteered at Prep's SEED Academic Enrichment summer camp and the Upward Bound program at Fairfield University. He is one of the editors of Prep's yearbook, Hearthstone.