Congratulations to the 2015 Gates Millennium Scholars!!

“It’s surreal because I don’t think it has really hit me yet, that I’m one of the chosen ones for Gates, and that they saw potential in an Oakland student, a minority, an immigrant!”

June 4th, 2015

Gates Millennium Scholarship Winners

Wow – hard work in high school paid off big time for these Oakland students!! They’re the 2015 recipients of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program and will receive a scholarship to pay for all college and even grad school costs!

Congratulations to:

Anna Bui – Lighthouse Community Charter

Kardel Howard – McClymonds High School

Sherry Liang – Oakland High

Jarelly Martin – Lighthouse Community Charter

Sydney Nguyen – Oakland Technical High

Lucinda Perez – Life Academy

Ky Gia Pham – Oakland High

Deybi Rabanales – Skyline High

Meet some of the students – Deybi Rabanales says he wanted to cry when he opened his acceptance envelope!

Sydney Nguyen says she felt her entire body trembling as she was trying to open the package!

For the students it’s exciting, it’s overwhelming, it’s emotional. And for (Ky) Gia Pham – it’s surreal!

Sherry Liang will be the first in her family to become a college graduate!

Gates Millennium Scholars Press Release:
UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund) flagship scholarship program, the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, has announced its Class of 2015 high school student recipients. Each of the 1,000 students will be awarded a scholarship that can be used to pursue a degree in any undergraduate major and selected graduate programs at accredited colleges or universities…
The GMS program provides recipients with leadership development opportunities, mentoring, academic and social support as well as financial support. The program is known for its recipients’ high graduation rates – a six-year rate of more than 87 percent (28 percent higher than the national graduation rates for all students and comparable to the rate for students from high-income families). This year’s cohort represents 47 states, the District of Columbia and seven U.S. territories and American Territories.

“We are excited to welcome the class of 2015 Gates Millennium Scholars. Their GMS program peers have already demonstrated that students from these backgrounds are rich in talent and that they excel at the highest levels in any of the nation’s colleges and universities they choose to attend. I am confident that this cohort of extraordinary students will add to the depth and breadth of the GMS program.” – Larry Griffith, Senior Vice President, Programs and Student Services for United Negro College Fund

About GMS
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose. Continuing Gates Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence by providing thousands of outstanding students, who have significant financial need, the opportunity to reach their full potential.
(from the Gates Millennium Scholars website)

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