Several BHSU students were chosen to receive the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarships this year. The five students are among only 150 nationwide that received the Gates Scholarship Award for Native American students, established by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
|Several BHSU students were chosen to receive the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarships this year. The scholarship winners and their advisors gathered at BHSU President Kay and Dr. Ken Schallenkamp’s home for a reception dinner in their honor. Pictured left to right are: (front) Susan Dana, BHSU associate business professor; Kaitlyn Dupris, freshman business administration major from Dupree; Jenny Keiderling, junior human services major from Dupree; Sandra Marker, BHSU assistant history and social science professor; Kaylynn Two Bulls, freshmen education major from Pine Ridge; Carol Hess, BHSU education professor; Mary Jo May, freshman from Kyle; (back) Dr. Charles Lamb, BHSU science professor; and Chad Kruckenburg, career advisor. Not pictured is Chelsey Risse, freshman biology major from Martin.
Each of the recipients completed an extensive and highly competitive process to qualify for the scholarships. Recipients are chosen for their academic achievement, community service, and leadership ability.
At the reception the recipients introduced themselves and gave an overview of their educational and career plans. The scholarship recipients noted that receiving this esteemed scholarship strengthened their resolve to earn a degree. Several of the students are already considering earning advanced degrees.
“It makes me proud to have been selected for this honor. If I graduate, no, when I graduate, I’ll be the first in my family to have a college degree,” one scholarship recipient said. Several others commented that the scholarship, which covers all unmet financial needs, made it possible for them to pursue a degree.