Local Student Receives Gates Scholarship | Schools

Graciana Doster, a senior at Enterprise High School, has been selected as a Gates Scholar and a member of The Gates Scholarship Class of 2022. Doster is one of 300 scholars chosen from a pool of more than 37,000 applicants from across in the country. She will attend Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut in the fall of 2022. She plans to major in ethics, politics, and economics and attend law school after earning her bachelor’s degree.

Doster is the first EHS student to receive this full four-year scholarship. The universities she applied to and were accepted to were Harvard, Georgetown, and Yale.

“I visited Harvard and Yale the same weekend and at Harvard you could tell people not only liked it, they loved the name and there wasn’t really a sense of community,” said said Doster. “But at Yale, you could tell all the students loved it, they were having a good time, they were enjoying their lifestyle. It was a better quality of life.

Doster will graduate fourth in her class at EHS on 450 and has a GPA of 4.47.

She was a finalist in the 2022 Distinguished Young Woman event and has been a member of Encores, served as SGA President at EHS, Vice President of Student-2-Student, a Wildcat Rep, Anchor Club, Junior Civitan and Enterprise Juniorettes.

This prestigious scholarship program is based on the evidence that by removing financial barriers to college, a bottom-dollar scholarship can enable high-ability, low-income minority students to excel in their coursework, earn their college degree and continue to be leaders throughout their lives. .

Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or methodology used by a scholarship recipient’s college or university. The cost of participation includes tuition, fees, room, meals, books, and transportation, and may include other personal expenses.

In addition to funding, the Gates Fellowship provides additional support to scholars by engaging with them and their institutions in a variety of ways, to ensure they have access to the resources and services they need, from first to last. course day, until graduation. and the transition to the careers they have chosen.

Doster will also attend the Gates Scholarship Summer Institute in Los Angeles, California in June to meet other Gates Scholars to start and expand her professional network by attending workshops and socials.

The scholarship was on a list of national scholarships given to her by EHS counselors and she decided to apply. She said there were a lot of levels to go through and she made the final round. She was informed the first week of May that she had been chosen to receive the scholarship.

“I want to thank Bill and Melinda Gates but also all my advisors and teachers. Without them, I wouldn’t get this scholarship,” Doster said.

She is the daughter of Kellie Narron and Jeremy Doster, both of Enterprise.

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