Sable Sanders, a Gates Millennium Scholar, plans to attend Knox this fall.
Excerpt from the Chicago Defender:
The Gates Millennium Scholars program, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. According to Carlos Adrian, research analyst for the Gates Millenium Scholarship program, more than 13,000 students applied this year, and only 1,000 were accepted.
â€œItâ€™s an honor and itâ€™s a blessing. To know that we donâ€™t have to go to college worrying about how weâ€™re going to pay for the next semester or how weâ€™re going to pay for books is an honor and a privilege,â€ said Peterson, who is headed to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall. Sanders will go to Knox College, in downstate Galesburg. As the two look to their futures, they also speak fondly of how they got to where they are now.
â€œMe and her, we have a big history, we call ourselves twins. Freshman year we came in and we were ranked No. 10 in our class, then we both moved up to No. 6, and then went to No. 3,â€ Peterson remembered. â€œYeah, we stayed together,â€ Sanders laughed. â€œWell, she left me one year for a minute. She went up to No. 2, and then she came back to No. 3,â€ Peterson said with a chuckle.
The twoâ€“both National Honor Society membersâ€“went from academic competitors to friends, volunteering after school at the Museum of Science and Industry, and swapping life stories and advice. And the two have something else in common: they are the first in their immediate families to attend college.