I am delighted to report that two of the Academy’s Careers in Science interns were selected as Gates Millennium Scholars earlier this year. This is a wonderful honor and potentially a life changing opportunity for both Timmy Yu and Rabiya Subedar. Timmy and his family immigrated to the U.S. when he was five years old with, in his words, “nothing but a backpack and aspirations.” He attended Lowell High School and participated in College Track, an organization we partner with. He will be attending UC Berkeley this fall.
Rabiya is of Indian and Persian decent. She was curious about science from a young age but had little access or exposure to it. She joined Careers in Science to learn more about the field and is now interested in pursuing a molecular cellular biology degree at UC Berkeley. Rabiya attended Mission High School and participated in College Track.
This year saw the largest and most qualified pool of applicants, with more than 54,000 students applying for 1,000 scholarships that were awarded around the globe. The scholarship provides substantial funding for students to attend any U.S. college or university they choose.
Both interns highlighted their work and dedication to the Academy as a key success factor in their accomplishments and motivation. Thank you for the honor, Timmy and Rabiya, and congratulations to you both.