GSSM Senior Selected as Gates Scholarship Recipient

Hartsville, SC - The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) senior, Elijah Brown of Richland county, has been selected as one of 300 a Gates Scholar from over 36,000 applications.

Per the Gates Scholarship website, “The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. With the launch of this program in 2017, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation continues its long-standing commitment to helping outstanding minority students who come from low-income backgrounds realize their maximum potential. The scholarship is awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

In addition to funding, The Gates Scholarship will provide further support to Scholars, by engaging with them and their institutions in a variety of ways, to ensure they have access to the resources and services they need, from their first to last day of classes, through graduation and the transition to their chosen careers.

“Elijah clearly represents the ideals of the Gates Scholarship recipients: an outstanding academic record as an “A” student, demonstrated leadership ability and exceptional personal success skills,” said Dr. Jenifer Blair, GSSM Director of College Counseling and Advising. “His high energy has kept him busy with managing the women’s volleyball team, cheer team captain, Co-Chair of FWD Motion, campus photographer and musician. We celebrate Elijah’s accomplishments, the Gates Scholarship recognition, and are confident he will be an active campus contributor at the college of his choice.”

Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the methodology used by a Scholar’s college or university. Cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, room, board, books, and transportation, and may include other personal costs.

“From a pool of over 36,500 applicants, I was one of the top 300 students to be selected as a Gates Scholarship Recipient,” said Elijah Brown, GSSM Senior. “During the last nine months, I had to endure a rigorous application process, an uncompromisingly challenging senior year, and a worldwide pandemic. Moreover, due to God's grace, I am genuinely appreciative that I received this scholarship.”

This prestigious scholarship program is based on evidence that by eliminating the financial barriers to college, a last-dollar scholarship can enable high-potential, low-income minority students to excel in their course work, graduate college, and continue to be leaders throughout their lives.

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