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15 Indian Americans Named Gates Millennium Scholars

  • FAIRFAX, Virginia, United States

    The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, one of 400 scholarships administered by the United Negro College Fund, announced April 27 the selection of 15 Indian American students from eight states around the country who were among this year’s cohort of 1000 new students. 

    The GMS Program will award the Class of 2012 Gates Millennium Scholars good-through-graduation scholarships which can be used to pursue degrees in any undergraduate major at the accredited college or university of the recipients’ choice.

    The Indian American students, their high schools and home states are:

    California: Zubair Amin of Encina High School, Baljinder Kaur of Yuba City High School and Sameer Siddiqui of Redondo Union High School.

    Florida: Anthony Dulal of Miramar High School, Mariah Gooljar of Taravella J.P. High School

    and Zalika Sankara of Nova High Schools.

    Georgia: Vivek Patel of Collins Hill High School and Hira Qureshi of Dalton High School.

    Illinois: Amber Sain of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School and Nishaat Shaik of Lincoln Park High School.

    Michigan: Krishna Paul of Cass Technical High School.

    NewYork: Parbat Chapagai of Manhattan International High School.

    Oklahoma: Ravidkumar Patel of Broken Bow High School.

    Utah: Arjun Dulal of East High School and Anand Singh of Granger High School.

    Established in 1999 with the goal of developing Leaders for America’s Future, the UNCF Gates Millennium Scholars Program is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

    To date, over 16,000 students have received GMS scholarships, attending more than 1500 schools, including Ivy League colleges, flagship state universities, UNCF member institutions and other minority serving institutions.

    UNCF has partnered with the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund to select and provide service to Gates Millennium Scholars.

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