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Nicholas Reyes Andrew

  • Gender: Male
  • Major: Business Administration/Finance/Aerospace Engineering
  • University: Emory University
  • University: Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Hometown: Tucson
  • State: Arizona

Mr. Reyes grew up in Tucson, Arizona, with his older sibling in a single-parent household. Neither of his parents had the benefit of receiving a college education. 

He attended a public school that was subject to continuous budget cuts, a limited course selection, and a high level of teacher turnover. Add to that the financial hardship of a one-income household, and college could have been just a dream for him.

Enter HSF, through which he applied for, and subsequently received, an all-expenses-paid HSF-Gates Millennium Scholarship. Now in its closing years, this program is sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and annually awarded full tuition and expenses toward a bachelor’s degree, to the top 1,000 high-potential, low-income, minority students in the US, from 2000 through 2016. 

A similar program, The Gates Scholarship, which is also sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and administered solely by HSF, will award 300 top performing, Pell-eligible, minority students pursuing bachelor’s degrees, annually, for ten years, starting in 2018.

Today, Mr. Reyes is a college sophomore, on his way to completing bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration—with a concentration in Finance—and in Aerospace Engineering, through a dual degree program offered by Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He says he became interested in Aerospace Engineering after SpaceX successfully landed a rocket on a drone ship at sea. 

He is grateful to HSF for believing in him, and adds, “My college future is now real, tangible and full of opportunities. Pursuing a degree…is no longer a dream, but a reality that will forever change me and my community.” 

His extracurricular activities include volunteering as a fixed income analyst with the Goizueta Investment Management Group, a student-managed investment fund that manages part of Emory’s endowment and teaches financial literacy to Atlanta youth. In addition, he participates in the Emory Engineering Society, Hack Emory, and runs the 5K Cancer Winship Event, in support of cancer research.

This past October, he was one of 100 Scholars invited to attend HSF’s first annual Finance Conference, an event that exposes interested HSF Scholars to career opportunities in finance, including commercial banking, investment banking, asset management, private equity, and other finance-related fields. The conference sessions are led by distinguished, Hispanic finance professionals.

In addition to being awarded his scholarship, he was selected by his school to be a member of the National Society of High School Scholars.

His immediate academic goals are to complete his two undergraduate degrees and then earn graduate degrees. His ultimate hope is “to make a great impact on society by providing new advances in technology that enrich people's lives.”

For any high school student thinking about college, he has this advice: “College gives you more than a college degree. College also provides you with many experiences and life lessons that will shape you as an individual in more ways than you think. Follow your dreams and work hard; your hard work will be rewarded sooner or later.”