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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Award Announcement

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been a good friend and partner of ours since 2004, when Educate Texas launched the Texas High School Project. Since then, they have been consistent and reliable funding partners for both Educate Texas and, since its launch in 2012, for RGV FOCUS.

As part of our annual Leadership Team Retreat, RGV FOCUS was pleased to announce that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has provided an additional investment into RGV FOCUS with a $2.44 million gift on behalf of the P-16 Community Investment Initiative.

To bring the P-16 initiative to life and demonstrate what it means to our students, RGV FOCUS was honored to include three rising seniors from Port Isabel High School as representations of their fellow students in the Rio Grande Valley in the ceremonial check presentation during the event. These students, who were selected by their school administration as leaders among their peers due to their dedication to academics, extra-curricular activities and their community, are founding members of the RGV Peer Forward Student Leadership team.

It is on behalf of all students in the RGV that the RGV FOCUS Leadership Team, Educate Texas and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are doing this important work.

Click here to learn more about the award and announcement, covered by the Rio Grande Guardian.