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Williams Awarded Three Scholarships to Support Future at Harvard University

williams senior photo(May 17, 2022) CHS Senior Joelle Williams has been awarded the Patriot Equities Scholarship, Gates Scholarship, and Ron Brown Scholarship to support her future at Harvard University. She plans to major in human developmental regenerative biology on a pre-med track. 

Williams, president of the senior class and Spanish Honors Society, and vice president of the Women in Science Club, was accepted into 20 schools, including six Ivy League institutions. 

The Patriot Equities program awards two scholarships annually to minority candidates from among the eligible schools. This year, candidates from Norristown, Central and Cheltenham were eligible. Williams’ scholarship is an annual $5,000 award, renewable up to four years ($20,000 award), to be applied towards tuition at a two- or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school. Patriot equities’ goal is to mentor the scholarship recipients as they pursue their professional careers. 

The Gates Scholarship is a selective scholarship for outstanding minority high school seniors. “Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential,” according to its website. This year, 300 recipients were selected from a pool of more than 35,000.

The Ron Brown Scholarship awards up to  50 recipients a scholarship of $40,000, over the span of four years ($10,000 each year). Ron Brown Scholarship recipients are talented high school seniors “who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship. Since the program’s inception in 1996, more than 450 students have been designated as Ron Brown Scholars,” according to its website. 

Congratulations to Joelle on her bright future at Harvard University!