The UK-based Gates Cambridge Trust has announced the 2015 class of U.S. Gates Cambridge Scholars.
Representing thirty-eight colleges and universities in Canada and the United States, the forty young men and women from the United States will use their scholarships to pursue graduate studies at Cambridge University. An additional fifty-five scholars from other countries will be announced later this year. Established in 2001 with a $210 million endowment gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the program selects recipients based on their academic ability and potential for leadership.
Seven institutions — Colby College in Maine, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and Passaic County Community College in New Jersey, Denison University in Ohio, Louisiana State University and Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine in Louisiana, and the University of South Florida— are represented for the first time. Twenty-five of the scholarship recipients are women, a record for the program.
"We are absolutely delighted to announce our new U.S. scholars," said Gates Cambridge Trust provost Barry Everitt. "They are an extremely diverse group of outstanding individuals who are both intellectually exceptional and show a dedication to improving the lives of others. We look to them as future leaders who will change the world for the better."