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05/15/14 12:10 pm Age: 1 year

WWU Student Receives Gates Millennium Scholarship


By: Jaci Shankel

Englehart is First Gates Millennium Scholar to Attend WWU

Joe Englehart, a WWU 2013-2014 freshman.

Every high school student dreams of receiving a full ride scholarship, and for Joseph Englehart that dream became a reality. Through the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, Englehart was chosen as one of 1000 recipients to receive a "good-through-graduation" scholarship to use at a school of his choice. And that choice just happened to be Walla Walla University, making him WWU’s first Gates Millennium Scholar.

While attending Auburn Adventist Academy, Englehart participated in dozens of community service opportunities, ranging from going on mission trips to feeding the homeless to volunteering at school. These community service hours, when coupled with a nomination from Tom Allen, who teaches mathematics, physics, and engineering at AAA, helped Englehart receive notice over other applicants. 

Englehart is a freshman student in the Department of Technology, studying both aviation technology and automotive service. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he plans to attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to obtain a master of science in aeronautics, as well as his airframe and powerplant certification.  

Other than planning to use his flying for mission work at some time, Englehart is still open to options for his future. “I’m letting God lead my path and open doors,” says Englehart. “He got me this huge blessing of a scholarship and now I’m waiting on where He leads me next.” 

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program is part of the Gates Foundation, and provides 1000 extraordinary minority students with the financial means to receive a higher education and realize their potential. 

Published May 15, 2014.

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