MISSOULA – Five University of Montana students recently were named Gates Millennium Scholars, earning more than $43,000 in scholarships.
Taymee Brandon, a chemistry major and art studio minor from Great Falls, was awarded $806; Trevor Hawley, a microbiology major and psychology minor from Harlem, will receive $6,306; Aleah OldMouse, a nursing major from Browning, earned $1,349; Adriane Tailfeathers, a history/political science education major from Browning, earned $5,349; and Morgan Sublett, a wildlife biology major from Kooskia, Idaho, was awarded $29,907.
Since the inception of the program in 1999, it has produced more than 18,000 Gates Millennium Scholars at more than 1,800 institutions of higher education, awarding over $800 million in scholarships to date. UM students have received a total of $1,193,285 from the program.
The GMS Scholarship Award provides support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid; renewable awards for students maintaining satisfactory academic progress; graduate school funding for scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science; and leadership development programs with distinctive personal, academic and professional growth opportunities.
The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential. Recipients have achieved a six-year graduation rate of over 90 percent – double the national average of students from similar backgrounds.