A tutor for two years, Daniel Guzman-Ramos has maintained a 4.48 GPA. He has been involved with CROP, Beta, Altar Servers Group, Security Team, and in the Immokalee Foundation. Nominated by the Guadalupe Center, Daniel was chosen as the 2011 Outstanding Youth Philanthropist for all of Collier County and received the Bob Lisbon Scholarship Award. Guzman-Ramos is planning to major in environmental engineering in college. As an outstanding student and person he was accepted to Arcadia University, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, University of West Florida, and the University of New Haven. Guzman-Ramos has selected the University of South Florida for his undergrad studies.
GMS selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. They provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through the leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.
This year’s accomplishment is especially notable in that more than 24,000 students applied, making it the largest and most competitive group of candidates in the program’s history.
As a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholars it also distinguishes Daniel Guzman-Ramos as a Leader for America’s Future™.
Many GMS programs and activities have been designed as resources, to assist the student with continued development as a leader and to allow him/her to connect to the Gates Scholar community in a variety of ways. One example among the wide range of resources GMS provides is the GMS Freshmen Leadership Conference, specifically designed to orient and prepare the student for a smooth transition to college and to help them maximize the GMS experience. Other GMS Leadership Development Programs include Academic Empowerment services (ACE) to support academic success, graduate school planning for continued education and a mentoring program. There is also an online resource center and a social networking website that gives the student exclusive access to other Gates Scholars, tips on developing good study habits and time management, a calendar of GMS events and announcements of internships, fellowships and other scholarships, some unique to Gates Scholars.
In addition, if the student pursues graduate studies in the fields of Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Library Science, Mathematics, Public Health or Science, they may be eligible for GMS fellowship funding for the student’s education through the master’s and doctoral levels.
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For information about the GMS program call 1-877-690-GMSP (4677).
The Guadalupe Center of Immokalee has been serving the children and families of Immokalee for 30 years. Its mission is to break the cycle of poverty by providing educational, social, and other support programs and resources. From the very young in Early Childhood Education, to After-School tutoring, to providing college scholarships to the next generation of aspiring leaders, to the Soup Kitchen and Clothing Room programs, this privately-funded non-profit 501(c)(3) organization makes a real difference in every aspect of their lives from the cradle to career. For additional information, call (239) 657-7711 or visit www.guadalupecenter.org.