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South Mountain Gates Scholar is first in family to attend university


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  • Craig Pletenik/Phoenix Union High School District

Amie Scroggins becomes the first Gates Millennium Scholar from South Mountain High School, and the first in her family to attend a university.

She is 12th in her senior class, with a weighted 4.0 grade point average.  She is involved in Peer Leadership, National Honor Society, RoKapa Social Studies Honor Society and South’s newspaper.  Writing is her passion.  She is a District award winner for poetry, and has won academic awards in English and World Languages.

She wants to study English in college and become an English teacher and a writer.  Scroggins volunteers with senior citizens and is a reading tutor at South.

With her scholarship, she hopes to travel to New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago and abroad to be inspired for the stories she wants to write.  Her father, Robert, works at South Mountain.  She will be attending the University of San Francisco next fall.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship is unique in that it can be used for undergraduate and graduate degrees, room and board, fees and books, but because it supplements other funding sources, it is difficult to put a value on it.  

The Gates Foundation estimates that it is worth an average of $250,000 per student during his/her post-secondary career.   One-thousand students were selected from 52,000 applicants, nationwide.