Wheelock Teacher Bound Student Wins Scholarship

May 02, 2012

Ashani Logan, a senior in the Wheelock College Teacher Bound Upward Bound program, was one of just 15 students in Massachusetts to be awarded a Gates Millennium Scholarship. The Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS) selects 1,000 talented scholars each year, to receive a full, good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any accredited college or university of their choice. Logan, a METCO student at Melrose high School, plans to attend the School of Architecture at Syracuse University.

This accomplishment is especially notable in context of the more than 24,000 students who applied, making this year's the largest and most competitive group of candidates in the program's history. In addition, if he chooses to pursue graduate studies in selected fields, he will be eligible for GMS funding for his education through the master's and doctoral levels.

About Teacher Bound at Wheelock

Teacher Bound was launched at Wheelock in 2007 and the first class began in April 2008. It is the only Upward Bound program in the country specifically designed to encourage high school students to become teachers. During the four-year program, the students completed a six-week summer program on Wheelock's campus that featured classes in math, science, and foreign languages, and student-teaching experience in elementary school classrooms. They also participated in a homework academy and tutoring, SAT prep, college tours, cultural enrichment programs, and a mentoring program.

About the Gates Millennium Scholars Program

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose. Continuing Gates Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence by providing thousands of outstanding students, who have significant financial need, the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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