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Recognizing our Gates Millennium Scholars


Polytechnic Institute of NYU is proud to recognize its Millennium Gates Scholars for the 2008 – 2009 academic year:

Jean Daniel Dorvilien, Bio-molecular Science, Junior, BS candidate
Juanita Tameka Beasley, Construction Management, MS candidate
William Chin, Electrical Engineering, PhD candidate

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Its goal 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 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.

Visit the Gates Millennium Scholars Program online to learn more about its activities and accomplishments.