City Charter High School is proud to announce that Marcus Robinson has been awarded the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS) for the Class of 2015. This accomplishment is especially notable in context of the more than 54,000 students who applied in January making this year the largest and most competitive group of candidates in the program’s history.
Marcus is planning to attend the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh as a Pre-Med major. He is a one of 1,000 students selected nationally each year for this highly competitive scholarship that requires students to have a 3.3 minimum grade-point average and the ability to complete a challenging application which includes eight essay questions.. Additionally, students must have demonstrated leadership, community service and school involvement.
Marcus is the third City Charter High School student to receive this academic honor. City Charter High School Alumni recipients are Angello Madison (Class of 2014) a matriculating neuroscience major at Penn State University (University Park) and Arturo Nieto (Class of 2009) who majored in psychology and graduated with honors from Becker College (Worcester, Massachusetts).
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program was established in 1999 and was initially funded by a one billion dollar grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To date this program has funded more than 15,000 Gates Millennium Scholars. Marcus will join other Gates Scholars across America who will take advantage of a diversified education at colleges and universities across the country. This scholarship opportunity, valued at more than $250,000 depending on each student’s college choice, is truly a life-changing event for these City Charter High School students.
The increasing diversity of our society reminds us that all of America’s citizens must have access to opportunity for higher education if our nation is to sustain and advance itself as a global, competitive democracy in the new millennium. The future of our nation’s economy, democracy, and quality of life is dependent upon the preparation of a diverse cadre of leaders who will help build a stronger society. These potential leaders, drawn from groups that have traditionally and historically been denied access to higher education, must receive the support needed to negotiate the pathway to completing a college education.
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding 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 area of interest. Continuing Gates Millennium 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.