Gates Millennium Scholarship is awarded to dance student Javier Aranzales

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2012 Gates Millennium Scholarship
is awarded to dance student
Javier Aranzales

Miami -- Javier Aranzales, a senior in the New World School of the Arts high school dance program was among the 1,000 students nationwide to receive the 2011 Gates Millennium Scholarship Award(GMS). The scholarship will provide him a full scholarship to undergraduate and graduate school, as well as Doctoral-level studies. Aranzales will be attending Harvard University to pursue a career in pre-med and neurobiology. Grateful for the coveted honor he comments, “Being a Gates Millennium Scholar means that financial burdens will not get in the way of following my heart. It also means being part of a community of dreamers, leaders and achievers – rising above our status as minorities.” This is the third consecutive year that a student from New World School of the Arts receives the coveted scholarship. Javier Aranzales

Javier was also admitted to other universities such as Amherst, Swarthmore, Dartmouth, and the University of Florida and received numerous scholarships including the Ford Salute to Education

“Javier is a remarkable young person, and we are so proud that his talents, intellect, and spirit have been recognized by this distinguished award.  We look forward to hearing of his accomplishments in the years to come, and know that the world will be a better place because of the opportunities which he has been given,” said Mary Lisa burns, dean of dance at NWSA.
A first generation college-bound student who came to the US at the young age of five, Javier is one of those students who, when he puts his mind to it, succeeds in everything he does. Not a dancer until the age of 14, Javier was admitted into New World School of the Arts high school just seven months after he began formal training in dance – he explains, “Dance is my form of mental and physical rejuvenation – my way of stepping out of the world. New World School of the Arts has kindled a passion for the arts within me. My life goal is to support and save the arts, allowing everyone – specially the youth – to experience their beauty and therapeutic effect.”

Javier was born in Bogota, Colombia and is the oldest of four siblings – three boys and a girl. He credits his siblings with the inspiration to pursue a career in the medical field, “Struck by the complexity and the beauty of the brain, passionate about human personality,development, and relationships, and inspired by my baby siblings, I am pursuing a career in Pediatric Neurology. 
With a perfect 4.0 GPA and an impressive 6.07, weighted GPA, Javier is also active in a number of extracurricular activities at NWSA and outside the school. He is president of the French Honor Society, vice-president of the Math Honor Society, member of the National Honor Society, member of the Gay-Straight Alliance, and a volunteer at Miami Children’s Hospital. At Harvard University, Javier plans to “be a big part of the Latino and LGBT communities,” and is quick to offer two of his favorite quotes that inspire him to continue his involvement as he continues in his career path – “be the change you wish to see in the world” – by Mahatma Gandhi, and “there are no red lights in life – just go” – by Hanna Montana.

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 2009-2010 Aurelia Javier, visual arts studentsfrom New World School of the Arts, was awarded the Gates Millennium 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. NWSA’s audition-basedprograms are 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.

New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership between Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. 
For information about New World School of the Arts, please call at 305-237-3135 or
Photo: Javier Aranzales. Photo courtesy of NWSA.

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