Lamar Consolidated High School’s Ashtin Calvin is not exactly a “one in a million” student. But she is one in a thousand.
The senior is one of only 1,000 talented students in the entire United States to win a Gates Millennium Scholarship. Started in 1999 with a $1 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the program chooses 1,000 students every year and funds their entire college career … for as long as they want to be in college. This includes graduate school funding in the areas of computer science, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.
This is the second consecutive year that a Lamar Consolidated HS student has earned the prestigious scholarship. Hania Kahlon represented the Mustangs as a 2011 Gates Millennium Scholar. She is enrolled at Houston Baptist University, but has served as a mentor to other students at Lamar, including Calvin.
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 by:
• Reducing financial barriers for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need;
• Increasing the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences, where these groups are severely underrepresented;
• Developing a diversified cadre of future leaders for America by facilitating successful completion of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees; and
• Providing seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs, for students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars entering target disciplines.
Calvin is considering Baylor University in Waco or Howard University in Washington, D.C. She plans to major in accounting.