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San Diego State University

Mony Chau
Kinesiology Major, College of Health and Human Services
Gates Millennium Scholar, San Diego State University


 Author: Tomas Nieto


Mony Chau is a hard-working and humble individual. His passion for an active and healthy life style has lead him to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with in emphasis in Physical Therapy. With the Gate’s Millennium Scholarship, this Los Angeles native initially came to San Diego State University to enroll in the Army ROTC program but is currently pursuing other opportunities. However, he is still interested in the joining the military after completing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy as a military direct-commissioned physical therapist. He wishes
to bridge the gap between his scholarly interests and his desire to serve his country.

Family is one of the most important sources of inspiration for Chau. His brother became very successful in the Navy and this opportunity afforded him a good lifestyle while pursuing his interests in criminal justice. Another key motivator for Chau is his mother. He hopes to be able to help his mother retire by working hard at school. Thus, his drive is rooted in his love for his family and the desire for a better life.

Chau currently works at the Aztec Recreation Center, the Joan and Art Barron Veteran Center, and he also interns and volunteers for a fitness clinic. The foundation for his success is his extreme strong work ethic. His constant need to be doing something has always pushed him to pursue greater goals and achievements. But he acknowledges the importance of networking. He encourages every Aztec to go outside of the box, take chances and meet new people. He lives by these words of wisdom by saying “I want to plant my feet in everything in order to set a foundation for myself.” Chau’s humble and hard-working character will lead him to a bright and successful future.

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year from across the country to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. The goal of the program is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential by facilitating successful completion of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The GMS Program, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Over 10,315 Gates Millennium Scholars completed a degree since the program's inception.