Gates Millennium Scholarship is awarded to New World School of the Arts violinist, David Figueroa

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NWSA music student David Figueroa receives prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship
Miami, Florida---David Figueroa, a senior in the New World School of the Arts high school music program was among the 1,000 students nationwide to receive the 2011  David FigueroaGates Millennium Scholarship Award (GMS). The scholarship will provide him a full scholarship to both undergraduate and graduate school as well as Doctoral-level studies. Figueroa will be attending Columbia University to pursue a career in computer engineering.
Mei Mei Luo, David’s violin professor at NWSA commented “David Figueroa is a brilliant student with a wonderful personality and focus on his study. He is not only a high level of violinist he also plays piano very well.”

David Figueroa, an exceptional violinist, is in the Instrumental Division at New World School of the Arts. He began playing the violin at the age of nine and he has played the piano for thirteen years. David currently holds the position of concertmaster in the NWSA Symphony Orchestra and plans on continuing his musical career throughout college. 
Other outstanding recognitions for David Figueroa include the Google STEM Award and the Questbridge College Match Scholarship Program. David is a member of both the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society, and he holds a leadership position in the Math Honor Society.
The nation’s largest minority scholarship program, UNCF’s GMS offers its scholars academic support, mentoring and leadership training, helping them graduate from higher education at a rate of almost 80% in five years. In 2010, Aurelia Javier, visual arts students from New World School of the Arts, was awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship Award. 
About NWSA: The distinguished history of the New World School of the Arts began in 1984 when the Florida State Legislature established the institution to provide artistically talented high school and college students the means to achieve both an academic education and artistic training. In September, 1986, NWSA opened its doors to students in grades ten through twelve. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. An educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida, NWSA’s audition-based programs is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater. NWSA offers the high school diploma as well as a four-year BFA or BM college degree.
Photo courtesy of NWSA: David Figueroa. 

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