Jonathan Howe of Big Sandy was recently selected as part of the Gates Millennium Scholars Class of 2013. To date, Jonathan is the only student from Big Sandy to ever receive this prestigious “good-through-graduation scholarship”. Jonathan, salutatorian of the class of 2013, has been accepted at the University of Texas at Austin and plans to attend the Summer Bridge Program.
Jonathan has been extremely active in academic, athletic and extracurricular activities. He participated in varsity football, basketball, baseball and track for 4 years; National Honor Society (3 years), U.I.L. (3 years), Spanish Club (2 years), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (3 years), Band (3 years), Model United Nations (4 years) and Highest Male Athlete G.P.A. (4 years) . In addition to being salutatorian of the class of 2013, Jon received the following awards his senior year: Honorable Mention All-District Defensive Lineman, Honor Roll, Honorable Mention All-District Basketball Team, World History Student of the Year, Highest Male Athlete G.P.A., TABC Academic All-State, Honorable Mention Infielder, Class Favorite Most Athletic, Class Favorite Best All-Around, Basketball Fighting Heart Award, Athletic Booster Scholarship, Chamber of Commerce Scholarship and the Top 10% Renewable Scholarship from UT Austin. Jon completed his college English requirements through the dual credit program with BSISD and Jarvis Christian College. He is the son of Carol King and Henry Howe, grandson of Ruby and the late Miles D. King of Gilmer, and the step-son of Charles Williams. Jon attends Lyle Street Church of Christ in Big Sandy and believes all of his successes to be blessings from God.
Established in 1999 with the goal of developing Leaders for America’s Future™, the UNCF Gates Millennium Scholars Program is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Continuing Gates Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. The GMS Program provides recipients with leadership development opportunities, mentoring, academic and social support as well as financial support. The Program is known for its recipients' high graduation rates – a six-year rate of more than 86 percent (38 percent higher than the national graduation rates for all students) and comparable to the rates for students from high-income families. This year’s cohort represents 46 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories.
For more information about GMS and a list of the Class of 2013 Gates Millennium Scholars, visit www.gmsp.org.