Palm Beach Central High School student Stephanie Berra has been selected as one of the 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars for the GMS Class of 2013. Her strong leadership, community service and academic achievements contributed to the selection as a Gates Millennium Scholar.
More than 54,000 students applied, making this year the largest and most competitive group of candidates in the program’s history.
Berra joins the community of Gates Scholars and will now receive the distinction of Leader for America’s Future. As a Gates Millennium Scholar, she will receive funds to attend any college or university that she desires in the United States. This is a renewable scholarship, which means that throughout her undergraduate career, the organization will review and determine a new scholarship amount each year.
If Berra decides to pursue graduate studies in the fields of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science, she will be eligible for GMS fellowship funding for her master’s and doctoral degree.
The GMS program is much more than scholarship funds. Many GMS programs and activities have been designed as resources, to assist recipients in their continued development as leaders and to allow them to connect to the Gates Scholar community in a variety of ways. One example among the wide range of resources is the GMS Freshmen Leadership Conference designed to prepare students for a smooth transition to college and to help maximize their GMS experience.
Other GMS Leadership Development Programs include Academic Empowerment (ACE) services to support academic success, graduate school planning and a mentoring program.