Inglewood USD Congratulates Local Gates Milennium Scholars (GMS)

IUSDThe Inglewood Unified School District applauded Inglewood High School seniors Richmond Amoah, Luis Huerta, and Kevin Akinfolarin on their selection as Gates Millennium Scholars.

“I congratulate Richmond, Luis and Kevin on their outstanding achievement,” Interim State Administrator La Tanya Kirk-Carter said. “Their success is a credit to their hard work and the unwavering support of their teachers and families, and they make us all proud.”

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, providing Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.

Since 2005, Inglewood High School has had 12 of its graduating seniors receive this honor.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The GMS Scholarship Award Provides:

  • Support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid;
  • Renewable awards for Gates Millennium Scholars maintaining satisfactory academic progress;
  • Graduate school funding for continuing Gates Millennium Scholars in the areas of computer science, education,engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science;
  • Leadership development programs with distinctive personal, academic and professional growth opportunities.

The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential by:

  • Reducing financial barriers for African  American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American  and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need;
  • Increasing the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of computer science, education,  engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences,      where these groups are severely underrepresented;
  • Developing a diversified cadre of future leaders for America by facilitating successful completion of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees; and
  • Providing seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs, for students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars entering target disciplines.

The Inglewood Unified School District is comprised of 22 schools. Combined locations educate roughly 12,000 students. The Inglewood Unified School District services the entire city of Inglewood and is home to six California Distinguished Schools and one National Blue Ribbon School.

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