Senior Kate Yee is among the 1,000 outstanding high school seniors selected — from a pool of 53,000 applicants — as a 2016 Gates Millennium Scholar (GMS). Yee plans to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The GMS Program, funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide scholarships to develop Leaders for America’s FutureTM. In addition to scholarship support for outstanding students of color with need, GMS provides leadership development opportunities, mentoring, and academic and social support. The class of 2016 will be the final cohort of Gates Millennium Scholars, as the program meets its goal of selecting 20,000 students.
Kate is accomplished in so many ways:
- She is a top student, taking the most rigorous courses across the disciplines from mathematics, a subject in which she has won numerous awards, to Latin and Greek.
- She gives of her time, volunteering at St. Louis Arc dances and Special Olympics events, participating in the school’s spring break service trip, and collecting donations for the holiday food drive.
- She loves competing in Science Olympiad and was a member of the Burroughs team that placed third in state in 2015 and 2016.
- In her free time, she learns computer coding, and last summer her app claimed the first-place prize at Fontbonne University Summer Mobile App Development Camp.
- She is a decorated Girl Scout, a black belt in Karate and a national-level sharp shooter as a member of the squad that placed fifth for Junior Rimfire 2014 and as the individual junior female winner in several Glock shooting tournaments.
“To top it off, Kate is funny, creative, compassionate and unpretentious,” says Nanette Tarbouni, her college counselor at Burroughs. “This young lady has got it all.”