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