Brooklyn Student Awarded Gates Millenium Scholarship

BROOKLYN, NY – October 16, 2012 - St. Joseph’s College student Jannutal Rahman was recently awarded a Gates Millennium Scholarship by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This prestigious award, given annually to only 1,000 students nationwide, will fully fund Ms. Rahman’s educational expenses throughout graduate school.

A native of Bangladesh, Ms. Rahman came to the United States with her family in 2006. As she grew older, she knew that paying for college was going to be a challenge. “I saw how hard my father had to work to put food in our mouths, and I knew I couldn’t ask my parents to pay for my education,” said Ms. Rahman. “I found out about the Gates Millenium Scholarship, and I spent many sleepless nights working on those essays and telling my story. When I received the acceptance letter, it was the happiest moment of my life.”

A member of this year’s freshman class, Ms. Rahman chose to enroll at St. Joseph’s based on a number of factors. “I chose St. Joseph’s because it was close to home, the student body is diverse, and I liked the small class sizes. Another important thing was that they had the ACES Program, which provides specialized support for students like me for whom English is not their primary language.” Currently a biology major, Ms. Rahman plans on pursuing a career in medicine and working toward her dream of helping those less fortunate than her after graduation.

Gates Millennium Scholarships are awarded through the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, which is funded by the Gates Foundation and administered by the United Negro College Fund.  The Gates Millennium Scholars Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. Throughout their educational careers, the Foundation provides Gates Millennium Scholars with academic support as well as personal and professional development through their leadership programs.

For any questions, please contact Director of Public Affairs Michael Banach at 718.940.5584.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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