Burnsville High School senior Victor Sanchez Villegas has been selected to receive a full four-year scholarship to Columbia University in New York City next year worth over $200,000. The scholarship covers the cost of attendance, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and travel expenses.
Columbia is among Ivy League schools, which are generally viewed as the most prestigious and highest-quality in the world.
Victor is an outstanding student who has taken many Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and College in the Schools (CIS) courses and has already accumulated many college credits at Burnsville High School.
He earned National Hispanic Recognition from the College Board for his performance on the National Merit Qualifying Test in his junior year in conjunction with his grade point average.
Last spring, Victor was among seven high-achieving juniors at Burnsville High School who were presented with Junior Book Awards from prestigious colleges in recognition of their outstanding academic accomplishments, dedication to learning, leadership, school involvement and community service. Victor received the Junior Book Award from Harvard University.
Victor discovered a strong interest in engineering when he was a student at William Byrne Elementary School and Metcalf Middle School and plans to study engineering in college next year.
In addition to his academic success, Victor is involved in National Honor Society, DECA, Math League and Quiz Bowl. He volunteers after school to tutor other students.
“Victor is a dedicated, well-above-average student who has a drive to understand more than just the concepts that are being taught,” said his chemistry teacher Liz Davidson. “He also wants to understand how everything is connected together in science.”
Victor does not give up easily on difficult problems. He is a great problem solver because he can see “the big picture,” she said.
According to his school counselor Angie Markham, “Victor is an exceptional young man focused on his academics. He is kind hearted and often volunteers his time and talents to help other students with their studies. With his determination and persistence, Victor will go far in life. I can’t think of a better person who is so deserving of this amazing scholarship opportunity.”