Jonathan Abe, DePaul Cristo Rey
(DPCR) senior and Price Hill resident, is one of just 15 students across the state of Ohio to be named a Gates Millennium Scholar
. The prestigious award is presented to 1,000 students annually, and this year more than 53,000 students applied.
The scholarship removes financial barriers to education for minority students with high academic success rates and leadership capabilities. For Abe, the scholarship provides security and a sense of relief.
“I was not expecting this big of an award — it was shocking for me,” Abe says. “It means I’ll have my college education paid for, and graduate school. My family doesn’t have to worry as much about financial aid and getting loans to pay for my college.”
Abe, salutatorian of his graduating class, has been accepted to six colleges and will attend the University of Cincinnati
to study engineering in the fall. He’s one of 38 DPCR seniors who have been accepted to college and will walk across the stage to receive their diplomas May 31; it’s the second straight senior class
that has achieved 100 percent college acceptance at the new Catholic high school.
As one of seven children in the Abe family, Jonathan hopes to set the standard for higher education.
“I have two older sisters and four younger siblings, and I’m the first one going to college,” Abe says. “I think I’ve set an example for my younger brother who goes to DPCR. I’ve worked really hard for my grades, and this is the result. I’m hoping he sees this is what happens when you work hard for good grades.”
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