Our Stories: Gilson, Scholar (2017)

Gilson is an immigrant from El Salvador who, upon arriving in his Maryland high school, enrolled in its ROTC program, varsity soccer team and drill team, and maintained a 3.8 GPA — while working 20 hours a week in construction. He will study at Prince George’s Community College and hopes to become an ESL teacher. Gilson has been named our 2017 JBG SMITH Properties Scholar.

Gilson is also a New Futures Earl Pierce Bell Scholar.