Putney Student Wins Gates Millennium Scholarship

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding 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 area of interest. Continuing Gates Millennium 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.

Innocent '12, pictured here with holiday gifts headed for financially strapped families in the town of Putney last December, is one of this year's GMS recipients. Here's what he has to say about that:

"A societal impediment that keeps many minority groups from attending private institutions has been broken down for me. The Gates Millennium Scholarship will cover my unmet need for Georgetown University School of Foreign Service next year, allowing me to focus on my education instead of my financial situation. It will also apply for graduate studies in fields ranging from math to public health. Only 1,000 of 24,000 applicants were awarded this scholarship and I know that my Putney School education beveled my application for this scholarship. Anyone who visits The Putney School can immediately recognize that we are not just any prep school. The students who attend The Putney School are creative, talented, eccentric, and progressive individuals. My peers have recognized something that other students perhaps fail to recognize: the power of the youth is greater than that of the people in power. This ideology drives us into realms of individual exploration, which sometimes has the tendency to go astray, but in the end teaches us lessons about the greater public and ourselves. Putney inspires and nurtures a culture of individual exploration and self-awareness. In this ever-changing world in which we live, students who 'change' the world are students who understand themselves—and Putney students understand themselves."

"Thank You Putney!!! I will make you proud!"

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