Round Lake High School Celebrates Gates Millennium Scholar

Congratulations, Misael Arrieta


Round Lake High School is proud to announce that one of their own Class of 2014 graduates, Misael Arrieta, has been awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship! According to the Foundation’s website, “The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander America, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest.”

Gates Millennium Scholar - Misael Arrieta
Gates Millennium Scholar – Misael Arrieta      (photo courtesy of Penina Noonan)

Misael was one of 1,000 scholars selected for the GMS Class of 2014. It is important to note that more than 52,000 students applied for this scholarship!

Round Lake High School is so grateful for the opportunity to partner with the College of Lake County’s TRiO Educational Talent Search program. Penina Noonan, Student Services Specialist with ETS, created an initiative for the 2013-2014 school year to conduct biweekly scholarship workshops in the library at Round Lake High School. “Through ETS, I had the privilege of working with Misael during every scholarship workshop for seven months. He rarely missed an opportunity to work on a scholarship opportunity with me. As a result Misael won five scholarships, including the full ride that the Gates Foundation provides,” commented Noonan.

Round Lake High School Principal, Dr. Donn Mendoza stated, “Misael is one of many students who continue to make our student body, staff and community so proud. We wish him well as he pursues his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Ball State University this fall.”

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