Congratulations to 13 high school seniors attending East Bay schools who have been named Gates Millenium Scholars!
Funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gates Millennium Scholar program was created in 1999 to develop “Leaders for America’s Future™.” One thousand students from throughout the country and U.S. and American Territories will receive scholarships through the program to pursue an undergraduate degree in any major or selected graduate degrees at accredited colleges or universities.
The program helps to remove financial barriers to education for high-performing, low-income students, according to a news release.
“We are constantly reminded that young people will need a quality education to remain competitive in the 21st century,” said Michael Lomax,president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, in a prepared statement. “Through their generous funding and program support, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation amplifies the importance of investing in the next generation of extraordinary scholars to support our country’s economic strength and competitiveness.”
Here is a list of the scholars by county and school:
Berkeley High School, Berkeley: Adrianna Valle
American High School, Fremont: Justin Chan
Life Academy, Oakland: Lucinda Perez
Lighthouse Community Charter, Oakland: Anna Bui and Jarelly Martin
McClymonds High School, Oakland: Howard Kardel
Oakland High School, Oakland: Sherry Liang and Ky Gia Pham
Oakland Technical High School, Oakland: Sydney Nguyen
Skyline High School, Oakland: Deybi Rabanales
Tennyson High School, Hayward: Paula Albizures
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
De Anza Senior High School, Richmond: Jasmine Gill
Miramonte High School, Orinda: Elliott Thompson
This is the third consecutive year and fourth time in five years that a West Contra Costa district student has won the award, according to a news release. This year’s winner, 17-year-old Jasmine Gill,has been accepted to UC Berkeley.
The scholarship will cover the scholars’ umet financial need. In addition, the program will provide services to encourage academic excellence, mentoring for academic and personal development, and an online resource center that includes information about internships, fellowships and scholarships.
“Being named a Gates Millennium Scholar is a testament to Jasmine’s hard work and determination to succeed academically,” said Todd Groves, President of the West Contra Costa school board, in a prepared statement. “We are proud of her for achieving this honor. That a student from our district has earned this honor for four of the last five years speaks to the possibilities and potential of each and every one of our students.”
Gill plans to pursue a medical degree and become a pediatrician after studying integrative biology at UC Berkeley.
“I’ve wanted to be a doctor since I was young,” she said in a news release. “And I love working with kids.”
Gill is a member of De Anza’s Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement club and is vice president of the Health Occupations Students of America chapter. She has a 4.3 grade point average and is currently taking five Advanced Placement courses.
She also volunteers at a local Sikh temple, where she helps feed people and teaches Sikh history classes.
“In order to be successful,” she said, “dedication is key.”
Here is a story by reporter Doug Oakley about some of the winners in Alameda County: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_28030526/15-bay-area-students-named-gates-millennium-scholars
More information about the program is at: https://www.gmsp.org/
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