Sparks Glencoe, MD (PRWEB) August 27, 2014
Tiffany Peart, Oldfields' Student Body President, has been awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship. A recent senior at Oldfields School, Tiffany is one of only 1000 students nationwide to be awarded the 2014 Gates Millennium Scholarship. Over 50,000 students apply for the scholarship every year. Nominees are evaluated on academic achievement, community service and leadership. Tiffany plans to utilize the scholarship to attend Spelman College this fall, majoring in political science. "I was stunned when I found out, I couldn't believe it! I felt a tremendous sense of relief that I now had a way to pursue my dream of attending Spelman. I also felt gratitude towards Oldfields for giving me so many opportunities that developed my leadership skills."
In addition to Tiffany, former Oldfields' students Charise Richards (2007) and Tasheba Morgan (2009) also received this prestigious award. According to the Gates Millennium Scholars Administration in Washington, D.C., it is exceptional for a school as small as Oldfields to have three recipients of this prestigious award in under ten years.
The Gates Millennium Scholarship was established in 1999 with a billion dollar grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Its goal is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential.
Dr. Parnell Hagerman, Oldfields Head of School states, "Tiffany embodies everything our mission is about here at Oldfields – celebrating academic excellence, women in leadership, and a giving heart. We are so proud to have not one, but three, of our students recognized by the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program."
Founded in 1867 by Anna Austen McCulloch, Oldfields is the oldest all-girls boarding school in Maryland and the first to offer a science curriculum to young women. Oldfields is an independent seven and five day boarding school as well as a day school. The School provides a rich college preparatory curriculum for approximately 180 students, grades 8-12. Oldfields is a mission-driven school, dedicated to the intellectual and moral development of young women by focusing on “Each Girl’s Success.”