Gateway to Higher Education
By RHONDA BIGOVICH, Two Rivers Tribune
Two Hoopa High Students have applied and were awarded the prestigious GATES Millennium Scholarship (GMS).
This award is more than the average scholarship; it’s a program that follows students through their college career.
The Scholarship application process is tedious and only 1,000 individuals are chosen from myriads more applicants.
Harlee Grant of Hoopa is the daughter of Brenda Grant and the Late George Grant and the granddaughter of Reva Grant. Harlee worked diligently to receive her award.
Maya Mollier, of Orleans is the daughter of Amanita and the late Monte Mollier. Mollier also had to work vigorously to achieve the requirements for this particular scholarship.
Marcy Casey, Counseling Technician at Hoopa Valley High School said, “It is a lot of work for these students to apply for all of the different types of scholarships.”
Grant will enroll in either UC Davis, or Stanford University.
“I want to be a Neurologist, after completing the general education courses. Next is Neuro-Biology, Physiology and behavior,” She said.
Her courses will take up to eight to ten years.
Mollier wants to attend is UC Davis and major in Physical Therapy. The educational process will take her approximately seven to eight years.
“It’s a very lengthy process,” Said Grant.
They wrote eight essays each, all very similar, to show that they are focused and deserving of the scholarship.
“The hardest part was the essays- going over them, revising. And, then waiting to see if we were deemed finalists,” Said Mollier.
She said, “They are trying to figure out how well-rounded we are.”
Casey said it is a premium scholarship, and that 21 fortunate Hoopa High students have received it before.
The scholarship is not a set amount of money; it is based on a sliding scale.
“It’s a gap scholarship,” Said Grant.
After financial aid eligibility is established the scholarship kicks in and covers remaining costs and all other needs.
The scholarship can possibly take you to the end of your education journey, depending on your field of study.
Both girls are humbled by the acceptance, and are excited that their hard work paid off.
When the girls were asked what was their favorite things about high school, and what Grade Point Average (GPA) they will graduate with.
“I think for me, my favorite part was freshman and my sophomore years, after that I had to buckle down and figure out what I was going to do with my life,” Grant said.
Mollier said, “I liked going to the sporting events.”
Grants GPA, is over a 4.0, and Mollier’s is 3.8 currently without the AP classes tabulated in yet.
Both Grant and Mollier want to thank their families, teachers and the faculty at Hoopa High for their strength and encouragement through-out the process of entry.
“We are pretty sure one of us will be Valedictorian, and the other will be Solitarian,” the two girls agreed.