SALINAS, Calif. — Everett Alvarez High School’s valedictorian will attend Stanford University this fall, and one of the world’s richest couples will be picking up the $350,000 tab.

Salinas-native Angela Gomez, 17, is just one of two Monterey County students to receive the Gates Scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation this year.

It covers all college costs through graduation, including tuition, room and board, travel to and from campus, along with other related educational expenses, according to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

“This means I have more liberty to study what I want and to pursue passions of mine that are more about civic engagement rather than try to pay off student debt,” Gomez said.