Indian Wells, CA
BNP Paribas, a global leader in supporting both amateur and professional tennis, has awarded the third annual BNP Paribas Open scholarships to Jade Rios and Jennifer Gomez, both students at Desert Mirage High School in the Coachella Valley. The pair received a $15,000 college grant today at an event at the school and will be recognized on Saturday, March 17 during an on-court presentation at the BNP Paribas Open, the largest combined WTA and ATP World Tour event in the world.
“BNP Paribas is thrilled to present these two outstanding students with these scholarships,” said Jean-Yves Fillion, CEO of BNP Paribas USA and Head of Americas CIB. “Jade and Jennifer have both made a significant impact in their respective communities, with their families and have shown to be very dedicated students. We are proud to help them as they continue to pursue their dreams.”
Jade – a resident of Mecca, a small farming town in the Coachella Valley – truly encapsulates what it means to be a leader in the classroom, in her community and on the tennis court. She received recognition on Desert Mirage’s Honor Roll, and serves as team captain and treasurer of the Girls Varsity Tennis Club at her school. Upon graduation, Jade intends to further her education at Grand Canyon University, where she will pursue a degree in health sciences.
Jennifer has a passion for helping and connecting with others, and hopes to use the BNP Paribas Open grant as a catalyst towards achieving her dream of becoming a nurse. She aspires to become the first member of her family to attend a university, with her eyes set on the University of California, San Diego. Jennifer hopes to take what she will learn in higher education and bring it back to her community to help others.
BNP Paribas’ commitment to the sport of tennis – above its partnerships at all levels of the game – is reflected in a wide range of social and education activities across the tennis world. BNP Paribas has been engaged in major philanthropy initiatives for 30 years throughout its Foundation, focusing its activities on three main areas: the Arts, Social Inclusion, and the Environment – giving over 40 million Euros per year.
About the BNP Paribas Open
The BNP Paribas Open is the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world, and is held annually at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The tournament offers more than $14 million in prize money, and is the only event to provide the Hawkeye line challenge system on all match courts, including qualifying rounds. For more information, visit www.bnpparibasopen.com.
About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 75 countries, with more than 189,000 employees, including more than 146,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors. The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporate and institutional clients) to realize their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail banking model in Mediterranean countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.