Bradley Named Gates Scholar

April 29, 2014

Student Owlcolades

Kameron Bradley

Kameron Bradley

Senior Kameron Bradley was shocked when he learned he had been selected for a Gates Millennium Scholarship, a program that would provide funds for him to attend any accredited college or university in the United States, connect him with outstanding educational and networking resources, and even offer graduate school fellowship opportunities.

“It was too surreal to take in at first,” Bradley said. “It was a weight off my shoulders that I didn’t have to stress about paying for college, and finances wouldn’t affect where I would go.”

Bradley is among only 1,000 scholars chosen from more than 52,000 minority applicants nationwide. In 1999 a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation initially funded the program, which is administered by the United Negro College Fund.

Mr. Brian K. Smith, MUS director of College Counseling who nominated him for the honor, said Bradley is the first Gates Millennium Scholar from MUS.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Kameron,” Smith said. “He has proven himself to be a young man of great resilience, character, passion, and commitment. He has a promising future, and I anticipate he will be a stellar representative of the scholarship program.”

In addition to getting a nomination from a school official and the recommendation of an adult familiar with his community service and leadership activities, Bradley wrote eight personal essays for the application.

A National Achievement Finalist, he plans to attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and he is considering a double major in chemical and biomedical engineering, perhaps medical school after that.

“I really want to see what opportunities arise. I like math and science, so engineering seems a good fit for me,” he said.

His selection of biomedical engineering was influenced, in part, by his younger sister’s medical issues. A’Doriann Bradley suffered heart palpitations from birth, and about five years ago cardiologists performed an ablation on her heart. Now she is a sophomore cross-country runner at St. Mary’s Episcopal School.

“I am interested in medical technology, prosthetics, and machines that can assist doctors and improve patients’ ability to get well,” Bradley said.

He chose Carnegie Mellon after attending SAMS: The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science at the university for the last two summers, where he completed projects in chemical engineering, biotechnology, robotics, and fluid mechanics.

“The program exposed me to STEM fields [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] and provided hands-on learning.”

As Bradley looks forward to returning to the Pittsburgh campus in the fall, he said he is grateful for the Gates Millennium Scholarship not only for the financial support but also for opportunities in leadership development and academic and professional growth.

“They hold a conference each year for all the freshmen to help them network and adjust to college life,” he said, “and they provide major opportunities for the future.”

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