Kenwood H.S. leads CPS in number of Gates scholars

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The Gates Millennium Scholars Program will select 1,000 talented students to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program will select 1,000 talented students to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. The participants are provided with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.

The goal of Gates Millennium Scholarship program is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential.

* Reducing financial barriers for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need;

* Increasing the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences, where these groups are severely underrepresented;

* Developing a diversified cadre of future leaders for America by facilitating successful completion of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees; and

* Providing seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs, for students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars entering target disciplines.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program has funded more than 13,000 Gates Millennium Scholars since the inception of the program, with a 79.9 percent graduation rate in five years and a five-year retention rate of 87.7 percent. Gates Millennium Scholars are enrolled in more than 1,500 colleges and universities and represent 50 states and five outlying areas. More than 5,000 Gates Millennium Scholars have graduated since the program’s inception.

Local members of the 2011 Class of Gates Millennium Scholars includes:

Jeanette Barragan, Curie Metropolitan High School

Janelli Barrow, Kenwood Academy

Peter Burgos, Michele Clark Academic Prep High School

Luis Cabrales, Benito Juarez Community Academy

Michelle Cazares, St. Martin De Porres High School

Alvarado Eder Cruz, Leo Catholic High School

Geneses Davis, Kenwood Academy

Tiana Ghazzali, Chicago Vocational Career Academy

Lorenzo Harris, Al Raby High School

Tandreya, Thornton Township High School

Destinee Hekmatpour, Kenwood Academy

Celeste Hernandez, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Tiaranesh Jackson, Orme School

Anthony Johnson, Kenwood Academy

Ahkibah Lott, Kenwood Academy

Samantha Marshall-Jenkins, Bronzeville Scholastic Institute

George Martinez, Farragut Career Academy

Yosef Maynie, Harlan Community Academy High School

Demetrius Mcclay, King College Prep

Shaiesha Moore, University Chicago Charter School

Tramell, Manley Career Academy High School

Sundas Moqeet, Uplift Community School

Habibat Oguntade, Thornwood High School

Daniel Okegbu, King College Prep

Meyalit Ortiz, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Gabriela Perea, Mother Mcauley High School

Michelle Ramos, Pritzker College Prep

Ariana Rosales, Roosevelt High School

Jesus Valencia, John F. Kennedy High School

Maria Vela, Infinity

Matthew Wallace, Lincoln Park High School 

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