AHS Student Announced as Gates Scholar

Amarillo High Student Announced as Gates Millennium Scholar
Aeden Bempong

Aeden Bempong
May 26, 2015
– Amarillo High School student Aeden Bempong was recently announced by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) as a Gates Millennium Scholar (GMS), an honor which will provide him with financial support to earn his undergraduate degree in any major and selected graduate programs at accredited colleges or universities. Bempong is one of 1,000 students chosen from across the country for this special recognition.

"We are constantly reminded that young people will need a quality education to remain competitive in the 21st century. For the 20,000 young men and women who will attend college as Gates Millennium Scholars, the financial support, leadership training, mentoring and academic and social support they receive will enable them to become college graduates and our next generation of leaders," said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., president and CEO, UNCF.

“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."

Amarillo recipient Bempong plans to study pre-med at Cornell University. As a member of the International Baccalaureate program at Amarillo High, as well as president of the International Forum Club, member of National Honor Society and Latin Club, and a varsity athlete in track, Bempong understands the rigor of high-level academics and the importance of getting involved in activities so he has a full academic and social experience.

"Removing the financial burden of paying for a college education will allow Aeden to focus his time and energy on his education,” Amarillo High Principal Mark Webster explained. “Aeden is an excellent student who is on track to graduate with an IB diploma, and is currently ranked in the top 10 percent of his graduating class. He has received numerous academic honors, awards and scholarships because of his dedication to education.”

The GMS program is the flagship scholarship for the UNCF, and is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The GMS program 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.

Eligibility for the GMS program includes having a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or earned a GED, demonstrating leadership through extracurricular activities, meeting Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria, and more. The next application for the GMS program is due January 13, 2016 and can be found using this website:

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