Newberg, Ore. (Vocus) January 20, 2010
Five students are getting the opportunity to pursue a college education at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore., this semester through the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.
The program, established in 1999, promotes academic excellence and provides an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential.
Through the program, full-ride college scholarships are provided for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need.
Recipients of the scholarship for the 2009-10 academic year include George Fox University’s Bronston Chee (biology major from St. Michaels, Ariz.), Jennifer Immingan (art major from Savoonga, Ark.), Amanda Monk (nursing major from Newberg, Ore.), Gustavo Moreno-Vela (engineering major from Woodburn, Ore.) and Grace Muange (allied health major from Portland, Ore.).
Initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program has produced more than 13,000 scholars who have attended 1,500 institutions of higher education. In all, in excess of $500 million in scholarships has been provided, and with the assistance of the Gates Millennium Scholarship Leadership Development Program, the scholars have achieved a 90 percent graduation rate – double the national average of students from similar backgrounds.
“We are privileged to have these Gates students be a part of our campus community,” said Joel Perez, dean of student transitions. “We are extremely grateful and excited to be a participant in the Gates program and look forward to many more of their students joining our community.”
The scholarship can be renewed each year (for five years) throughout the scholars’ undergraduate degree in any discipline they choose. Additionally, funds will support scholars’ enrollment to graduate school in any of seven disciplines: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and science.
In addition to enrolling Gates Millennium Scholars, George Fox took a step in 2007 to increase the diversity of its student body by initiating the Act Six Scholarship and Leadership Initiative, an urban leadership scholarship program for minorities. Partnering with the Portland Leadership Foundation, the program provides a full-ride scholarship and develops urban leaders to be agents of transformation on campus and in their home communities.
Since the program’s inception, three cadres of ethnically diverse and mostly first-generation, low-income Act Six scholars from urban Portland have enrolled at George Fox. To date, 93 percent of the 30 scholars originally selected for the program are still enrolled, reflecting graduation and retention rates that far exceed national averages.
George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 colleges in the country and highest among Christian colleges. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,300 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.
Dean of Student Transitions