Camelback HS Isis Comma Receives a Gates Millennium Scholarship

Posted by Community Relations at 5/13/2015

Isis Comma of has received a Gates Millennium Scholarship. She not only is graduating in three years, but she has the distinction of being the first graduate of the Camelback Montessori Preparatory High School program. She is at the top of her junior class. Comma has a desire to travel, but much of that travel was by bus, one hour each way from Laveen when she started at Camelback. Now, she is on her way to the University of Hawaii to study business tourism management. She plans to send her mother to Hawaii for her dream 50th birthday. Comma, a Camelback band member who taught herself to play saxophone, performed at the gate as students arrived at school. She doubled up her English classes this year, and has taken two years of Mandarin Chinese. She is still in a hurry, starting college in July.

The goal of the Gates Millennium Scholar program is to provide opportunities for outstanding minority students with financial need to reach their highest potential and increase representation of minorities in disciplines such as science, education, engineering, mathematics, public health and sciences. This program is unique in that it can be used for undergraduate and graduate degrees, room and board, fees and books, but because it supplements other funding sources, it is difficult to put a value on it. The Gates Foundation estimates that it is worth an average of $250,000 per student during his/her post-secondary career.