DELANO, Calif. - Graduating senior Vanessa Diaz has just been awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship.
The award will pay her way through college.
She said she had to write nine essays and get two letters of recommendation. Each year 54,000 students nationwide apply for the award but only 1,000 are recipients.
Diaz is part of the first graduating class of Paramount Bard Academy in Delano.
She was accepted into ten universities but has decided to attend U.C. Berkley.