Fairfax Student Named Gates Millennium Scholar

Posted by Community Relations Department at 5/2/2012

Julie Parker was one of five Phoenix Union High School District students named Gates Millennium Scholars this spring, earning scholarships valued up to $250,000, which can be applied toward undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees.  Over 25,000 applied for the scholarship this year with 1,000 selected. Scholarship recipients are assessed in the areas of academic achievement, community service and leadership.    The goal of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Gates Millennium Scholars program is to promote academic excellence and provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with financial need to reach their highest potential and increase representation of minorities in disciplines such as science, education, engineering, mathematics, public health and sciences.    

Parker is Fairfax’ first Gates Scholar. Her passion is theatre.  She has been part of the theatre program since her freshman year. She has acted, and is currently directing a play.  She has worked as an intern in the school’s auditorium, is a member of the International Baccalaureate theatre class, and won Best Actress Award at Fairfax.  Parker is Native American, a member of the Gila River community and serves on the Gila River Youth Council.  Parker was selected Ms. Indian First Attendant for Betty Fairfax.  She plans to go to ASU and pursue both a bachelors and masters in Technical Theatre.  She would like to work someday at Disney doing musical productions within the parks.