Sadiyah Malcom ’13 has been awarded the 2013 Gates Millennium Scholarship. The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation (B.A., M.A., and PhD.) scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. Gates Millennium Scholars are given personal and professional development through leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career. Each year, over 60,000 applications are received, and 1,000 are chosen.
This is West Catholic High School’s 8th GMS since the program’s inception in 1999, more than any school in Pennsylvania.
Sadiyah Malcom, who lives in southwest Philadelphia at 73rd & Elmwood, attended Thomas G. Morton Elementary School, then Richard Allen Prep Charter Middle School. On why she attended West Catholic, Sadiyah said: “Lots of family members graduated from here. My Mom graduated from a catholic high school in Jamaica, and passed along the values of a catholic education.” Sadiyah is of Christian faith and worships at New Life in Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Lansdowne.
Sadiyah applied to Gates because, “I’m a first generation college student, and afraid that I wouldn’t be able to afford grad and post-grad education. A Grad from last year gave me the application, so I actually started the process last year.” Coincidentally, a student with same name from Agnes-Irwin school applied and got it last year, who Sadiyah met through Youthadelphia.
On receiving the GMS; “it’s unreal. By the time I am ready to start college, I will realize what a blessing it really is. I plan to take advantage of all programs offered…mentoring programs, conferences, scholarly resources, etc.”
Sadiyah has been admitted to and plans to attend the Robert E. Cooke Honors College at IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) and pursue a degree in Sociology and a minor in Pan-African studies, and looks forward to studying abroad in South Africa or Egypt.
At West Catholic, Sadiyah participates in Praise Dance, Ambassador Program, President of NHS, CDC, CSC, and Upward Bound. Outside of school, she works with Youthadelphia at the Philadelphia Foundation as a Youth Advisor. Sadiyah created and runs a young women empowerment group called Sistas Elevating Learning and Healing (SELaH). She participates in Price Water House Coopers Impact Program, and volunteers at Philadelphia Montessori Charter School and in various community events.
Sadiyah lives with her Mother and is one of six children, with four older siblings and one younger.