Student wins Gates Millennium Scholarship

Student Ramon Galinanes, Jr. thinks nothing of giving freely of his time. "I love doing volunteer work," said the senior history education major. "I feel that my role on earth is not to make a lot of money, but instead to make a positive contribution to society by dedicating most of my time to the poor and the oppressed. That's what I'm all about."

It's no wonder Galinanes has been named a Gates Millennium Foundation Scholarship winner. Created by Melinda and Bill Gates to promote academic excellence, the scholarship provides an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students to reach their fullest potential.

The goal of the scholarship is to foster a generation of leaders by providing access to higher education for minority students who have achieved academic success and shown leadership promise.

"I was happy when I found out I won the scholarship," Galinanes said. "I felt recognized for my achievements."

Galinanes demonstrated leadership ability through participation in community service and extracurricular activities, something the Gates Foundation looks for in a potential winner. He spent many hours volunteering at the Youth Consultation Service, where he guided troubled adolescents from Newark in different avenues of life. He also tutored for the Literacy Volunteers of America and was a substitute teacher for students with behavioral problems.

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