Patrick Taylor Student Named Gates Millennium Scholar

Paris-EvansParis Evans, a senior at Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, has been named a 2014 Gates Millennium Scholar. The prestigious award provides a renewable scholarship that students can use to pursue a bachelor’s degree, access to leadership development programs, and continued funding for graduate studies in certain fields.

“This is another one of Paris Evans’ extraordinary accomplishments as a Patrick Taylor student, and we could not be more proud of her,” said Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr. “Paris is not just an outstanding student, but she is also a leader in her school and in her community. Congratulations to her, her family, and her teachers and staff at Patrick Taylor on this honor.”

Evans has received numerous honors for her academic accomplishments, including being named a National Achievement Finalist and receiving a $100,000 scholarship from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation. She plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall.

“Paris is an extremely involved student at Patrick Taylor,” said Principal Jaime Zapico. “She has outstanding collaboration skills and a work ethic that is impeccable! Her success is well deserved, and I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next as a Gates Millennium Scholar and student at Chapel Hill.”

The Gates Millennium scholarship is a program for outstanding minority students with significant financial need. Evans was one out of 1,000 students that were selected for the scholarship from across the country in 2014 and is the third student from Patrick Taylor Academy in four years that has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar.