UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund) flagship scholarship program, the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, has announced its Class of 2015 high school student recipients. Each of the 1,000 students will be awarded a scholarship that can be used to pursue a degree in any undergraduate major and selected graduate programs at accredited colleges or universities.
Established in 1999 with the goal of developing Leaders for America’s Future™, the GMS program is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The GMS program removes the financial barriers to education for high-performing, low-income students. Each year it enables 5,000 students to attend and graduate from 800 of the most selective private and public schools in the country, including Ivy League colleges, flagship state universities, UNCF member institutions and other minority serving institutions.
This year’s list has many Muslim students from across the country. Some of them are as follows: Ifrah Abdullahi (Clarkston, GA), Mohamed Abdelmelik (Indianapolis, IN), Walid Abu Bakar (Minneapolis, MN), Fatah Adan (Roxbury, MA),Hassan Aden (Saint Paul, MA), Fatema Akhtar (Hamtramck, MI), Bisma Ali (Rockledge, Fl), Ibraheem Alinur (Oviedo, FL),Mohammed Bappe (Lansdowne, PA),Ibrahim Batar (Salt Lake City, UT) ,Ahmed Elbanni (North Brunswick, NJ), Ahmed Gedi (Portland, OR), Umar Hassan (Minneapolis, MN), Eliyas Hassen (Minneapolis, MN), Faria Hoque (New York, NY), Mohamed Mohamed (Denver, CO), Amina Sahibousidq (Naperville, IL), Mahad Sheikh-Abdullah (San Diego, CA), Ayub Sharif (Boston, MA), Khadija Snowber (Oak Lawn, IL), Ayesha Wahidi (Florissant, MO), Nadia Zaidi (Arlington, TX), and Ahsan Zaman (Torrance, CA).