Belaire High Student Wins Gates Millennium Scholarship
- April 28, 2011
It has always been John Queen Jr.’s dream to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, and now his dream will come true after being named one of 1,000 national 2011 Gates Millennium Scholars. Beginning next year, the Belaire High School senior, who is 18, will have the all his college tuition, texts and expenses fully covered by the program – through graduate school, if he chooses.
The son of Karvett Tillery-Queen and John Queen Sr., Queen said he would like to pursue a dual degree program and eventually become a chemical engineer. “I’ve always heard great things about Morehouse and looked up to that school since I was a young kid visiting it in Atlanta. I also toured it this winter,” Queen said. “I also know a few people who have attended Morehouse, and I’d like to start out there studying Computer Science and then move on to a graduate school for Chemical Engineering. I know it will cost at least $200,000 for four years at Morehouse, and that’s just the tuition. I would have been able to attend college otherwise, but it would have been a financial burden and would have required a loan.”
Queen’s father, a plant supervisor, and his mother, the owner of an accounting/tax firm and finance/human resources director of the non-profit Family Services of Greater Baton Rouge, have always encouraged him to study hard and make plans to further his education. “I’ve always had a passion to learn how things work and build them. I love to take things apart and then put them back together and study how they work,” Queen said. “This is so exciting, and I’m still kind of in shock. My mom, who is a single parent, jumped up and down. She has pushed and encouraged me to study really hard. Now that I have this scholarship, I’m going to make sure I do that.”
With a 4.34 grade point average and a 23 ACT score, Queen also is a finalist for smaller Herff Jones Leadership and Sam Walton Community scholarships. He also takes college Algebra currently at Louisiana State University. Queen is president of the school’s Student Government Association, Beta Club and the Future Business Leaders of America and vice-president of his senior class. He also is the salutatorian for the Class of 2011 at Belaire High School. In addition, Queen is a member of the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition and a volunteer for St. Mark United Methodist Church, the Food Bank of Greater Baton Rouge and Volunteers in Public Schools. He’s also a long-time bowler. “John Queen is one of our rising stars at Belaire High School,” said Principal Robert M. Webb Jr. “He has shown excellent leadership and academic skills throughout his high school career. Belaire High’s students, faculty and staff members are very proud of John and his accomplishments.” Every year, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program selects 1,000 talented students from across the nation to receive a good-through-graduation scholarships to use at any college or university of their choice. It provides Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, established in 1999, initially was funded by a $1-billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of the program 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.
Principal Brister in Washington, D.C., to Accept McKinley Middle School’s Second Blue Ribbon Award
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Principal Herman Brister (pictured, left) and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lynn Williamson (right), were in Washington, D.C., accepting McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School’s National Blue Ribbon Award from U.S. Department of Education’s Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Aba Kumi (center). The event, which recognized some 314 schools from across the United States, was held at the Omni Hotel. Click herefor story.
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