According to the North East website, International School of the Americas (ISA) Senior Nikki Santiago was named as one of the 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars for the GMS Class of 2012. More than 24,000 students applied, making this year’s the largest and most competitive group of candidates in the program’s history. As a Gates Millennium Scholar, GMS funds are available for Nikki to attend any U.S. located, accredited college or university of her choice. This is a renewable scholarship based on the GMS Program guidelines. Nikki has chosen to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North.
The GMS Program provides recipients with leadership development opportunities, mentoring, academic and social support as well as financial support.
“Education continues to be the best pathway to opportunity, and we believe that college costs should not be an obstacle along that path,” said Jim Larimore the deputy director for student success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “That’s why scholarships like the Gates Millennium Scholars Program and others are so important. Scholarships provide students who have the will to get a post secondary education with a way to get one, thereby securing a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.”