McCallie Student Awarded Gates Millenium Scholarship

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Christoper Meadows, a McCallie graduate who was awarded the Gates Millenium Scholarship
Christoper Meadows, a McCallie graduate who was awarded the Gates Millenium Scholarship

McCallie School graduate Christopher Meadows ’14, a day student from Chattanooga, was awarded a Gates Millennium Scholarship and will attend Rhodes College in the fall. Despite his persistence, Christopher was unable to attend McCallie until his ninth-grade year. Once his goal of attending McCallie was realized, he impressed teachers and students alike. 

“There is no doubt that Christopher has taken full advantage of his opportunities and benefitted greatly from being at McCallie,” Director of College Guidance Jeff Kurtzman said. “However, I am confident that our community has benefitted far more from his presence on our campus. He is a dedicated, hard-working and intellectually curious student that elevates the level of debate and discourse in his classes.” 

Christopher plans to study law or politics at Rhodes and eventually enter law school. Through the generosity of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, all costs associated with his college education – up to and potentially including a doctorate degree – will be completely covered by his Gates Millennium Scholarship. 

The Gates application process requires eight short essays. Christopher said he relished the opportunity to express himself to the Foundation. The last essay was an open-ended assignment. Applicants could write on any topic. 

“I wrote about how I ended up at McCallie,” he said. “It’s been a struggle. My mother has sacrificed so much for me to come here and made it possible for me to realize what I dream and aspire to be. It’s been difficult for us; a year-to-year ordeal. 

“I found out I was a finalist in March. On April 18, I got a packet in the mail. My mother woke me up from a nap and gave it to me. It was a thick packet so I figured it might be good news. It is an indescribable feeling and hard to believe.” 

Christopher is the third McCallie graduate in three years to receive this scholarship, following Jose Cruz in 2012 and Chris Lee in 2013. 

Funded by a $1.6 billion grant, the Gates Foundation program was set up to help low-income minority students with higher education costs and steer them toward careers in education, engineering and the sciences. Only 1,000 students out of 25,000 applicants are selected. To be eligible for a Gates Scholarship, a student must be African-American, American-Indian or Alaska native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic-American who is a U.S. citizen. He or she must have a grade point average of 3.3 or above, have demonstrated leadership qualities and met federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria.


Chattanooga School Of Language Offers New Term Beginning July 13

The Chattanooga School of Language is celebrating its four-year anniversary this summer and plans to host a new 6-week term of language classes for all ages. Classes begin the week of  July 13 . Group, private and online classes are offered in more than ten languages at different levels of proficiency, including Spanish, German, French, American Sign Language, ... (click for more)

Old Trees In Front Of UTK University Center Cut Down

The University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville has been undergoing some brick-and-mortar changes in recent months, but it recently bid farewell to some old arboreal landmarks as well. A number of the trees that had sat in front of the University Center for several decades have been cut down in recent days. It is part of the demolition efforts that have also begun to raze the ... (click for more)

11 Attorneys Apply In 2nd Round For Replacing Judge Stern

Eleven attorneys have applied in the second round of applications to replace Rebecca Stern as judge of Criminal Court's Division II. The applicants are: Christian J. Coder Chattanooga Tracy Cox Signal Mountain Amanda B. Dunn Chattanooga Ardena Juanita Garth Chattanooga Thomas Clifton Greenholtz Ooltewah Andrea DeFay Hayduk ... (click for more)

Rep. McCormick Says Forrest Made His Wealth As A Slave Trader

Rep. Gerald McCormick, commenting on a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest that stands in the Tennessee statehouse in an address to the Pachyderm club on Monday, said that Forrest was a violent, vicious man who made his wealth as a slave trader.   The copper bust of Forrest, who was a lieutenant general in the Confederate Army, stands between the Tennessee House and ... (click for more)

Could The Marriage Decision Spark A New Independence Day?

I confess that this year I am having a hard time with the idea of celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day. It is not because I am not thankful to God for what was done on that day, what it represents, and the blessings I’ve experienced that flow from it. On the other hand, I want to think that maybe this year’s celebration will mark a period in our history in which a new movement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Hay Fields Of July

Oh my goodness, July has just arrived and during my formative years, it was the most hated month of the year. When I was 12 years old, my wonderful grandfather decreed the days of begging for money to go to the picture show and burgers at the Krystal were over, that I was on the payroll for a dollar an hour and, in our family, folks worked for what they spent. Now my grandfather, ... (click for more)