DETROIT -

This year 54,000 students across the nation applied for Gates Millennium Scholarships, eight students in the Metro Detroit area were granted the scholarships.

THE GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARS PROGRAM  

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. We provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.

THE GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARS PROGRAM  

Written notification was sent in April to all finalists if they have been selected or not as Gates Millennium Scholars for the GMS Class of 2013. For a complete listing of the 1,000 incoming Gates Scholars, click on the News & Events link on the bottom of the GMS homepage and then on the "News" tab. 

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. We provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.

The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential by:

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 GMS Scholarship Award Provides:

  • Support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid;
  • Renewable awards for Gates Millennium Scholars maintaining satisfactory academic progress;
  • Graduate school funding for continuing Gates Millennium Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science;
  • Leadership development programs with distinctive personal, academic and professional growth opportunities.

Congratulations to these outstanding seniors:

Samuel Ekanem

Sam was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to the United States when he was 6.  He was raised by his wonderful mother who always attempted to provide the best that she could.  Growing up Sam enjoyed playing football most and has always been a good student.  He plans on studying Economics at Harvard University.  He is a member of Upward Bound, Football, Wrestling, MREACH, Freshman Transition Program, and Student Senate.  Sam is a captain of both the wrestling and football team. 

Akua Achampong

Akua Achampong is graduating from Detroit Country Day School this spring with a successful scholastic and athletic career. Akua boldly tackled difficult academic courses and prospered at each challenge. She has received multiple national honors, including a gold level recognition on the National Spanish Exam and she is a National Merit and Achievement Semifinalist.

Akua was a member of the field hockey and lacrosse teams, where her energy and agility were extremely valuable on the field. She has helped many of her fellow students while volunteering on the Peer Tutor Board, and her voice of reason and integrity became evident while she served on Detroit Country Day School’s Honor Council during her junior and senior year.

DeAngila Jones

18-year-old DeAngila Jones is 18-year-old senior at Cass Technical High School. She tells Local 4, "For as long as I can remember, I have aspired to become a doctor. I knew this was a dream that would not come easy. With that in mind, I have worked tremendously hard. Going into high school I had many options, but I chose Cass Tech because they had my best interest at heart. During my first week at Cass Tech’s freshman orientation, there were five Gates Millennium Scholar recipients and after hearing their stories, I went home and told my mom I had to get that scholarship. With this goal in mind, I began to work harder and get involved even more.

Finally, senior year came around and I began to prepare my application for the Gates Millennium Scholarship. I marked the date that the scholarship opened, August 15, 2012. I already knew what to expect, so I wrote down all of the essay prompts and began writing. With balancing school work and applying to colleges, I began to get discouraged, but with the support of my mom, dance coach, and Cass Tech family, I stayed motivated. On January 16, 2013 the scholarship application closed. After some encouraging words from my nominator Mr. Tony Hawk and recommender Ms. Donnah Laster, I submitted my application.

From that day forward, I set my screensaver with the bible verse, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,” and beneath that I had the logo of the Gates Millennium Scholarship. This was my motivation, and on March 4, 2013 I received the letter informing me that I was a finalist for the scholarship. After telling my mom, I cried and prayed about it. The next day, I sent the required documents to the office and continued to pray. My life then changed on April 17, 2013 when my mom surprised me at school with my award letter. I fell to my knees and literally cried. I then shared the news with my best friend, band directress and principal. The reaction from them was overwhelming.

As of today, I am two weeks away from graduating Magna Cum Laude and moving on to Purdue University to major in Health Sciences. I am now just 15 years away from achieving my ultimate goal of becoming a Pediatric Surgeon."