Walter Parker of Crawford High is the eighth student from the San Diego Unified School District to be awarded a Gates Millennial Scholarship for 2013.
Parker joins graduating seniors from Kearny
High Science Connections and Technology, San Diego High School of
Business, Scripps Ranch High School and University City High schools
among 1,000 students nationwide who have been received the scholarships.
Diego Unified staff unfortunately missed Parker's name on the list of
Gates scholars and failed to include it in the April 30 announcement.
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; and Walter Parker of
"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.
According 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. From Crawford High, Walter Parker will be attending UC Davis.
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.