Gates Millennium Scholarship
Armuchee senior is awarded a prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship
Posted on 05/11/2011
Jessica Beaver, a senior at Armuchee High School, has been awarded The Gates Millennium Scholarship, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (GMS). Jessica is one of 1,000 recipients chosen from 23,000 applicants from around the world for the prestigious scholarship. “I was so pleased to find out about this award,” Beaver said. “It will be a tremendous help in allowing me to complete school.” 

Beaver has also been the recipient of the Pell Grant and a HOPE scholarship. Jessica is a very active student at Armuchee High. She was recognized as Most Athletic by her peers as she participated in basketball, softball and track. In track, she set school records in Triple Jump, 200 meter dash and both the 1600 and 400 meter relays. 

Beaver will graduate from Armuchee later this month with an Honors Prep Seal on her diploma. She plans to attend Kennesaw State University and pursue a career as a physician’s assistant. 

The goal of The Gates Millennium Scholarship is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential.“ Jessica is very fortunate to receive this award; it is a great honor,” stated AHS counselor Bess Bosworth. “We are very proud of her and this recognition of her accomplishments.” The program’s funding will extend all the way through a Doctorial program. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS), 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.