The three recipients are: Ana DeJesus from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School, Alex Tieu from Roman Catholic High School for Boys and Imani Richburg from West Catholic Preparatory High School.
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 through undergraduate and graduate school. Gates Millennium Scholars are also given personal and professional development through leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college careers. This year, over 52,000 applications from across the country were received.
“We are so proud of Ana, Alex and Imani for earning Gates Millennium Scholarships. Being awarded this highly competitive scholarship is a testament to the students’ hard work, dedication and the support of their families and teachers. We have some of the best and brightest students in the region in our schools and we are always thrilled to see them recognized on a national level. Ana, Alex and Imani are shining examples of what it means to be a product of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia,” said Dr. Carol Cary, Superintendent of Secondary Schools.
Ana has a 4.0 GPA and is a Neumann Scholar. She attended Saint Mary Interparochial School prior to attending Hallahan High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, Mathematics Honor Society. She is an active member of her school community, serving as both Captain of the Indoor Track Team and President of the Model United Nations Club. Ana will attend Princeton University in the fall.
Alex is an honors student with a 4.0 GPA and member of the National Honor Society who attended Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic Elementary School in Chinatown before entering Roman Catholic High School. He is also a Josephine C. Connelly Achievement Award winner. Alex is actively involved in his school community including: Student Council Executive Board, Student Ambassador, Asian Culture Club and the school newspaper. He also volunteers with the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia. In college, Alex plans to major in Engineering and will attend Drexel University or New York University in the fall.
Imani is an honors student at West Catholic Preparatory High School. She attended Saint Francis de Sales Parish Elementary School. Her activities at West Catholic include: Student Ambassador, Student Council member, cheerleading and Community Service Corps. Imani’s brother, a 2013 graduate of West Catholic Preparatory High School, is a Drexel University Liberty Scholar. Imani will attend Pepperdine University in California in the fall and will major in Marketing.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has a proud history of successful students named as Gates Millennium Scholars. In 2013, Archbishop Ryan High School and West Catholic Preparatory High School in Philadelphia each had a student receive a Gates Millennium Scholarship. In addition, since the scholarship’s inception in 1999, West Catholic Preparatory High School has had nine Gates Scholars, more than any other high school in the state of Pennsylvania.
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