“How far are you going to go?” It was the question posed to The Preuss School UCSD Class of 2016 by this year’s special commencement speaker, Leonard Comma, chairman of the board and CEO of Jack in the Box Inc. Judging by the accomplishments of the 132 seniors Comma was addressing, the answer is far, really far.
This year’s class boasted four Gates Millennium Scholars: recipients of prestigious scholarships that cover all college costs for undergraduate and graduate education. In the past 13 years, The Preuss School has had 39 Gates Millennium Scholars.
“Considering only 1,000 of these scholarships are awarded each year, this is no small feat,” said Principal Scott Barton. “We are extremely proud of our Gates Millennium Scholars and all our graduates. Their success is a testament to their determination and many hours of hard work.”
Indeed, it is. Of the graduates, 111 have been accepted to a four-year college or university. A few are heading off to private colleges such as Syracuse University, the University of Southern California and Pitzer College. The majority will attend public universities, with 59 planning to attend a University of California campus, including 27 students who will attend UC San Diego on a full ride as Chancellor’s Associates Scholars. Another 34 are headed to a California State University campus. Thirty students will attend community colleges with plans to transfer to a four-year university.
This year’s graduating class also garnered more than $2.2 million in award money. In addition to the Gates Millennium Scholarships and Chancellor’s Associates Scholarships, students received the Preuss Alumni Legacy Scholarship and Grillo-Marxuach Scholarship, as well as scholarships from the Carrera-Joffe Foundation, Kiwanis of La Jolla, and the Patricia and Christopher Weil Family Foundation, to name just a few.
Congratulations to the Class of 2016!