June 21, 2018 edition
Turning Tassels
Achieving Dreams
You made the investment. They are achieving their dreams.
In today's edition of "Turning Tassels Achieving Dreams," we are spotlighting two Project GRAD Akron scholars who have been awarded one of the most competitive scholarships to date. These two individuals have racked up a whopping full-ride to their preferred institutions with the opportunity to receive full financial coverage from the undergraduate level to doctorate. The chances of being awarded this scholarship is slim to none, as tens of thousands of high school students submit their applications every year. Project GRAD Akron is proud to tell you a little bit more about two scholars who have been awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

( FACTS: There are a couple of eligibility requirements a potential candidate must meet in order to be considered for the Gates Millennium Scholarship. The requirements are:
  • A high school senior
  • From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
  • Pell-eligible
  • A US citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) 
 Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.)

As we invite you to read our "Turning Tassels Achieving Dreams" series, we thank you for your support and for believing in our motto that G raduation R eally A chieves D reams!
Messages from Our
Gates Millennium Scholars
Steven Harris
"Project GRAD Akron created a space for me to plan my future for my graduate and undergraduate studies. The best thing I can do is mentor other students as they achieve their dreams."
-Steven Harris

Steven Harris is a 2011 Buchtel High School graduate, a Project GRAD Akron Scholar, and recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

In 2016, Steven received his Bachelor of Science in Anthropology at Syracuse University. With no intention of slowing down, Steven is continuing his studies in Anthropology at the PhD level at Syracuse University.
Mentor and Mentee selfie! Project GRAD Akron Scholars Anthony Jackson (left) and his mentor Steven Harris (right) take a picture together after a mentor-mentee outing.
Steven is currently paving the way for for young men at Buchtel High School through mentorship and role-modeling. He feels that it is necessary to be very hands on with youth, as distraction comes easily.

During his mentorship, Steven assisted his mentee with scholarship applications and essays. Steven noted that one of his most memorable moments was when his mentee received a much deserved scholarship, reminding him of his own excitement when he was awarded for his scholastic efforts.

Steven encourages young scholars to take advantage of every scholarship opportunity possible. Utilize writing workshops, connect with peers, and put your best foot forward when submitting essays and applications.
Akil Gregory
"It's a rarity to find people who have your best interest at heart. I had a great Project GRAD Akron experience and truly believe in the mission of the program."

-Akil Gregory

Akil Gregory is a 2011 Buchtel High School graduate, a Project GRAD Akron Scholar, and a Gates Millennium Scholarship recipient.

Exploring the world of science, Akil graduated from Howard University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Eager to further his education, Akil recently completed the required testing and application procedures for graduate school.
Most recently, Akil confirmed his admittance into institutions in California and Georgia. Akil has made the decision to commit to Morehouse School of Medicine as a candidate for Master of Public Health degree.

Awaiting the start of his graduate program, Akil is currently fulfilling the duties of a Regulatory Affairs Technician at the GOJO Industries, Inc. headquarters in Akron, OH.

When he's not working or studying, Akil is involved with local community organizations and spends a portion of his free time volunteering with Akron high school students.
Don't miss Akil's 2017 Winter Interview. Press PLAY to view.
Celebrate 15 in 15
June 15th through July 1st we are having a pop up giving event in celebration of the completion of our 15th program year of service. The giving request is simple!
We are asking for $15 donations with each dollar representing each year
Project GRAD Akron has been in existence. Thanks for 15 years
of supporting our programs, services, and scholarships
for students in the Akron Public Schools!

15 dollars for 15 years of making a difference! 
Check out the link below to join the celebration.
Don't forget to invite your friends!



Call:  330-761-3113

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