Senior Abani Ahmed from Division Avenue High School was recently selected as a finalist for the Gates Scholarship. She is one of 600 high school seniors to be recognized and will move on to the interview round to determine if she will be one of the 300 scholarship recipients. This prestigious scholarship, established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is awarded to outstanding minority student leaders. It covers the cost of college attendance that is not covered by other financial aid and family contributions. This includes tuition, fees, room, board, books and transportation and may include other personal costs.
To be considered for the Gates Scholarship, a student must be a high school senior and identify with one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American. They also must be a United States citizen, have a strong academic standing and be interested in enrolling in a full-time, four-year degree program at a U.S. accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university. In addition, these scholarship recipients have demonstrated leadership ability, personal success and an excellent academic record.
?Abani is a shining example of an intelligent, involved and hardworking student with many accolades under her belt. She is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and has received the AP Capstone Diploma. She was also recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar and has been on Division Avenue's high honor roll throughout her high school career. Among her many passions and the many organizations that she is involved in, Abani serves as president of Key Club, founder of the Levittown DoSomething Club, head of marketing for the Levittown Community Action Coalition's Young Organizers United to Help and is a varsity badminton player and a gifted musician.
The Levittown Public Schools congratulates Abani on this outstanding achievement and wishes her the best of luck as she continues on in the scholarship competition!