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Young Lady wins Gates scholarship to study at Harvard University, set to become the first graduate in her family

A brilliant young lady named Nicole Zuno is set to become the first graduate in her family as she wins the prestigious Gates scholarship to study at Harvard University.

Nicole Zuno, a Moreno Valley teen graduated from Valley View High School, in the United States. She was awarded a full scholarship from the Gates Foundation and earned acceptance to not only Harvard University but 16 other universities.

Nicole was accepted to top universities across the United States, some of them which include, Dartmouth University, Cornell University, Princeton University, and Brown University. She said she is very happy about her acceptance, especially the Gates Foundation scholarship as she never thought of going to college.

Being the daughter of two immigrant parents who did not know how she would pay for college, Nicole said she is glad her parents’ sacrifice and her own years of hard work are paying off.

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Nicole said she is more excited to earn acceptance from Harvard saying it is a dream come true for her. She mentioned that she is the first in her family to attend the university.

“It has definitely been my childhood dream. I was probably 9 years old when I knew I wanted to go to Harvard,” Nicole said. “It is definitely exciting and it was completely unexpected for me, I think, just applying to all these universities. I am a first-generation college student so for me it was like this big deal,” she added.

She is also one of just 300 students across the country to receive full funding from The Gates Scholarship, provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. 

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Nicole said she plans to study human development in the hopes of one day becoming a researcher stating that the career was inspired by her younger sister’s disability.

“I think there are so many genetic disorders out there. We don’t know that much about each and every single disorder. So that’s something I hope to pursue and I want to research and learn more about those diseases,” she said.

Advising other students who are struggling financially, Nicole told them to go for their choice and try every opportunity that comes their way.

“I’d say if you are out there and you want to apply for school or maybe you think you can’t afford to go to college, definitely go for it. I think there’s a lot of opportunities financially to go to college,” she said.



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