Sullivan High School principal, Chad Adams (center), just shared some exciting news with me. Two Sullivan seniors– Kaitlyn Ceaser(left) and Muna Bhandari (right)–have been selected as Gates Millennium Scholars.
The Gates Millennium Scholar Program provides 1,000 scholarships every year, which are good through graduation at the college or university of the student’s choice. The scholarship covers any unmet need, which means that both Kaitlyn and Muna will be attending college at no cost to their families.
The program awarded 59 scholarships to Illinois students. Sullivan is one of only six Illinois high schools to boast more than one Gates Scholar.
The Scholars program was started in 1999 to remove barriers to education for outstanding minority students who face significant financial need. The program also provides leadership training, mentoring, academic and social support. Recipients of the scholarship have a six-year graduation rate of more than 87 percent (28 percent higher than the national graduation rate for all students and comparable to rates for students from high-income families).
Kaitlyn has been a member of Sullivan’s medical program for four years, loves dancing, and works for the Park District in the summer. She plans to attend Hampton University in Virginia and study elementary education.
Muna came to Chicago as a refugee from Nepal, is a member of the Math Team, tutors young children, and volunteers for several local and immigrant organizations. She plans to attend Northeastern University in Boston. Both Kaitlyn and Muna are members of the National Honor Society.
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program is funded through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information, visit the program’s website athttp://www.gmsp.org/.
Congratulations to Kaitlyn and Muna and to the teachers and staff at Sullivan High School. Rogers Park is proud of you!