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Kevin Simons Awarded Highly Selective Academic Scholarship

Princeton High School student Kevin Simons was recently awarded the prestigious Gates Scholarship, a highly selective scholarship for seniors proving academic excellence in and out of the classroom.


The Gates Scholarship was launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue its long-standing commitment to helping outstanding minority students. Students who receive this scholarship are in the top 10% of their class and have demonstrated leadership ability through participation in community service and extracurricular activities.


“Kevin has been an exemplary student from the moment he walked into the high school nearly four years ago, both in the classroom and in the community,” said Michael Wilson, high school principal. “He embodies our mission of being empowered to tackle all that life has to offer to ensure college, career and life success. I am confident he will continue doing great things to positively affect the world around him.”


Gates Scholars receive full funding for college tuition that is not covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition to funding, the Gates Scholarship provides support to recipients by ensuring they have access to the resources and services they need from their first day of college through graduation and their transition into the workplace.


Simons learned about Gates Scholarship through the district’s Matriculation Program, in which he was paired with a Princeton University student mentor, meeting with her weekly via Facetime to talk through the college application process, financial aid and preparing for college. Simons also expressed gratitude for high school teachers Katherine Lampe and Bridget Sparks as well as his mother for their encouragement and support.


When Simons informed his mom that he was one of the 300 scholarship recipients this year, he said she "did a backflip." He plans to attend Ball State University this fall, majoring in Theatre. Ball State was his first choice and he said, "This would not be a reality for me financially without this generous scholarship. I am excited to explore a new world and I look forward to not only educational learning, but gaining greater self-actualization.”


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