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Stephanie Berra, Inngide Osirus, Raoul Dolcine Jr. and Concha Prieto are among the 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars for the GMS Class of 2013 in the United States. Their outstanding leadership, academic achievement and community service accomplishments contributed to the selection of this prestigious national scholarship. 

More than 54,000 students applied, making this year the largest and most competitive group of candidates in the program’s history.

Stephanie Berra attended Palm Beach Central High School and graduated with a 3.46 GPA. She would like to become a medical doctor and plans to obtain her bachelor’s degree at the College of Honors in Florida Atlantic University then transferring to the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.    

As these four outstanding students join the community of Gates Scholars, they will also receive the distinction of Leader for America’s Future™. Gates Millennium Scholars receive funds to attend any college or university in the United States.  This is a renewable scholarship, which means that throughout their undergraduate career the organization will review and determine a new scholarship amount each year. 

Inngide Osirus graduated as the Valedictorian at Village Academy with a 3.64 GPA. She plans to major in Biochemical Engineering at the University of Miami.

Raoul Dolcine Jr. plans to major in Journalism at Northeastern University. His favorite quote “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world “ by Nelson Mandela, reminds him every day the importance of staying focus on his studies. He graduated from Suncoast Community High School.

In addition, if these scholars decide to pursue graduate studies in the fields of Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Library Science, Mathematics, Public Health or Science, they will be eligible for GMS fellowship funding for her master’s and doctoral degree. 

Glades Central High School graduate Concha Prieto has an admirable 3.8 GPA and follows the steps of her older sister earning the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Concha, has been taking a rigorous schedule of college and high school classes to obtain her Associate of Arts degree from Palm Beach State College at the same time.

 

The GMS program is so much more than scholarship funds. Many GMS programs and activities have been designed as resources, to assist recipients in their continued development as leaders and to allow them to connect to the Gates Scholar community in a variety of ways. One example among the wide range of resources is the GMS Freshmen Leadership Conference, specifically designed to orient and prepare students for a smooth transition to college and to help maximize their GMS experience. 

Other GMS Leadership Development Programs include Academic Empowerment services (ACE) to support academic success, graduate school planning and a mentoring program.

For more information contact Maureen Carter at 561-434-8933 or via email at maureen.carter@palmbeachschools.org

About The School District of Palm Beach County

The School District of Palm Beach County is the eleventh largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the state of Florida with 185 schools, serving more than 177,000 students who speak 150 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the School District has nearly 21,000 associates, including 12,627 teachers. To learn more about The School District of Palm Beach County, please visit www.palmbeachschools.org.

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