Eureka High senior earns prestigious recognition as a Gates Millennium Scholar

EUREKA— Eureka High School senior Hannah Cory has the distinct honor of being selected as one of only 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars in the country. The program attracted over 11,000 applicants for the annual renewable scholarship.

Cory will be attending Stanford University in the fall. Throughout her undergraduate career, the Gates Millennium Scholars program will review her financial aid package and determine a new award amount. The Foundation will continue funding her education through the masters and doctoral levels if she decides to pursue graduate studies in the fields of education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.

Cory has earned a cumulative grade point average of 4.37 at EHS, and is currently ranked second in her graduating class. She was recently designated as a 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program semi-finalist. The Program recognizes less than one percent of California’s high school seniors.

Last summer, Cory participated in the High Street Community Church Peace Pole Project in Oakland. She led the project and organized a celebration at the High Street Presbyterian Church, which she said combined “diversity, working for change and a sense of community.” She remarked that the experience allowed her to work closely with her family members in Oakland and bring together inner-city youth and the community.

The Gates Millennium Scholars program, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion dollar grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential.

In addition to her scholarship, the program will also provide Cory with academic resources including mentoring services, an online resource center that will give her access to internships, fellowships and scholarships and the opportunity to attend leadership and other conferences.

The program has funded over 10,000 Gates Scholars since its inception.