Graduating seniors from Kearny High Science Connections and Technology, San Diego High School of Business, Scripps Ranch High School and University City High schools are among 1,000 students nationwide who have been awarded 2013 Gates Millennium Scholarships.
program awards the Class of 2013 Gates Millennium Scholars
good-through-graduation scholarships which can be used to pursue degrees
in any undergraduate major at the accredited college or university of
the recipients’ choice. It is funded through a $1.6 billion grant from
the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and has helped remove barriers to
education for more than 20,000 high-performing, low income students
since it was established in 1999. It is administered by the United Negro
College Fund in partnership with with the American Indian Graduate
Center Scholars, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the Asian &
Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund.
Three students from
University City High School – Susan Stewart, Matthew Wood and Calvin Yao
– received the scholarships. Also receiving scholarships were: from the
San Diego High School of Business, Miguel Anzelmetti and Anesheawa
Senior; Nhat Quang Thai, Kearny Science Connections and Technology; and
Solomon Ephraim, Scripps Ranch High School.
"All of us at the San
Diego Unified School District commend the hard work of these students
and are thrilled with the opportunity they are receiving from the Gates
Millennium Scholarship Program," said Superintendent Bill Kowba.
to the program, it provides recipients with leadership development
opportunities, mentoring, academic and social support as well as
financial support. Known for its recipients' high graduation rates,
Gates Millennium Scholars have a six-year graduation rate of more than
86 percent (38 percent higher than the national graduation rates for all
students) and comparable to the rates for students from high-income
Students have already been accepted to four-year
institutions. Scripps Ranch High's Ephraim is scheduled to attend UC
Santa Barbara. At UC High, Susan Stewart is slated for UC Berkeley, New
York University or UCLA; Matthew Wood, Brown University; and Calvin Yao,
UC Berkeley, University of Chicago or UCLA. San Diego High's School of
Business Miguel Anzelmetti is going to UCSD and Anesheawa Senior is
going to Tuskegee University.
Qualifications for the program
include: a 3.3 grade point average; African American, American Indian –
Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American
ethnic groups; will enroll for the first time at a U.S. located,
accredited college or university (with the exception of students
concurrently pursuing a high school diploma) in the fall of 2013 as a
full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student; have demonstrated
leadership abilities through participation in community service,
extracurricular or other activities; meet the Federal Pell Grant
eligibility criteria. First-time college enrollees can also be GED
For more information, visit the program's website.