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09-27-2000

Clarkson Student Is Gates Millennium Scholar

Tracelyn N. Gumbs of Bronx, N.Y., a senior business major at Clarkson University, was recently selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar. Gumbs is on a co-op with IBM this fall.

“The Gates Scholarship is an outstanding recognition and opportunity for Ms. Gumbs,” said Clarkson University President Denny Brown. “We celebrate her hard work and commitment to those aspirations, and we wish her continued success as she completes her academic career at Clarkson.”

The Gates Millennium Scholar award is a full scholarship, and will continue until Gumbs completes her graduate degree.

Funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation last September, the Gates Millennium Scholars initiative is aimed at increasing the number of low-income, high achieving African-Americans, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Hispanic Americans and Asian-Pacific-Americans enrolling in and completing undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The program is administered by the United Negro College Fund in partnership with the American Indian College Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the Organization of Chinese Americans, who represent the Asian-Pacific-American Community.

Gumbs says Professor Mike Ensby, director of the Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management (IE&M) program, was extremely instrumental in helping her receive the award. Ensby was impressed with Gumbs’ presentations and essays— she was the only student that he nominated for the award.

“Professor Ensby encouraged me to stay at Clarkson for graduate school,” said Gumbs, who transferred to Clarkson from Westchester Community College. “He has been a mentor and a friend. He is a wonderful person.”

Gumbs also received support and a letter of recommendation from the vice president of Westchester Community College. While attending Westchester Community College, Gumbs was very involved in several extracurricular activities, including: president of Alpha Beta Gamma, the business honor fraternity; budget chair for the Student Senate; liaison to the Westchester Consortium on Racial Diversity and a volunteer for Pious XII, a group which helps young teens with issues including family problems and teen pregnancy.

While here at Clarkson University, Gumbs has been awarded both the Foundation for Accounting Education Scholarship and the Texaco Scholarship, and serves as a volunteer for the Potsdam Nutrition Center.

Presently, Gumbs is completing a co-op work experience with IBM in Southbury, Conn., where she works as a cash accountant. “Right now,” said Gumbs, “I am working 40 hours per week, taking four classes, and studying for the GMATs.”

“I am truly blessed,” said Gumbs. Not a day goes by where I don’t give thanks. I thank my mother for all of the sacrifices that she has made for me and all of the values that she has instilled within me.”

Clarkson University is an independent institution located in northern New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The University has 2,902 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in programs in its schools of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Science, and its Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management program.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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