Gates Millennium Scholarship, UD Nurture Senior’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

Patricio Healy


Published Date: February 25, 2014

Patricio Healy, BA '14, started a cleaning company, Freshclean, his freshman year at UD, and sold it before his senior year.

"I like to start things," he said. "I'm very driven." He also started the UD Law Society as a freshman, when he was intending to become a lawyer. In a fateful twist, the lectures given by the lawyers brought to campus by this organization were what led Healy to realize that law wasn't, after all, the path he wanted to take.

"The way these great attorneys described their daily tasks just didn't sound like the things for which my talents were best suited," Healy explained.

Healy is a 2010 Gates Millennium Scholar. The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, awards scholarships to 1,000 recipients yearly at the college or university of the student's choice, providing opportunities for minority students who demonstrate high academic and leadership promise.

Originally, Healy wanted to attend the University of Notre Dame, but in another fateful twist, Notre Dame wouldn't accept the full value of the Gates scholarship to cover Healy's education there. This made his attendance at Notre Dame not feasible for him and his family (he's one of eight children). He had already been accepted at UD, where his older brother went to school, and UD was willing to accept the full Gates scholarship, so UD it was.

"I'm so glad I ended up coming to UD," Healy said. "It has been an incredible experience. Notre Dame wouldn't have been the right place for me."

Once he decided against law school, Healy chose to major in economics and finance. He already has a job lined up with Moody's in New York City once he graduates from UD this May, working as an associate analyst in the credit rating division.

"I tell people that it took three years for me to get this job because when I came to UD as a freshman, I was already preparing for what I would do afterward," Healy said. "That was always my father's advice, to begin with the end in mind."

Outside of academics, Healy mentors high school students in the Dallas area through a program called The Grade and volunteers with SEO, a New York City nonprofit that awards internships to minorities in the areas of finance, law and nonprofit, among others.

After all of this, if Healy ever happens to have any free time, he enjoys reading, especially nonfiction, playing sports and spending time with his UD friends.

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