Gonzales students spend summer at Stanford

Emily Sanchez and Aron Uribe spent the summer at Stanford University getting a head start on their college careers. (Photo by Samantha Bengtson)

Uribe, Sanchez take college courses for 2 months

GONZALES — Aron Uribe and Emily Sanchez spent two months at Stanford University completing the Stanford Horizon Scholar Program.

Uribe and Sanchez, students of Gonzales High School, are part of the Migrant Office and applied to be Stanford Horizon Scholars along with two other students. The application process included answering four questions in 650 word essays.

Uribe and Sanchez applied for the Stanford Horizon Scholar Program in March and were notified three weeks later that they had been chosen.

“This Scholarship means that we are really excelling in school and there’s hope that we can do better,” Uribe said.

Uribe and Sanchez stayed at Stanford for two months. In that time,they were placed into a college-like setting with dorm rooms and roommates who were both Chinese.

The addition of a roommate meant the Scholars were exposed to a new culture and new surroundings along with taking college courses.

The program required them to take a writing course, “Introduction to College Writing,” a one-credit health class, “Mediation,” and one academic class, which they selected “Political Science.”

“Students should go out of their way to find these programs because they are very beneficial to see what’s going on outside Gonzales,” Uribe said.

Sanchez said students shouldn’t be afraid to apply for these academic
opportunities just because they might come from a disadvantaged background.

Part of the Horizon Scholar Program sees students participating in pre-summer advising and mid-summer advising sessions that support academic success and a series of workshops on college-preparatory skills.


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