Destiny Planter and Raeven Henry are two extraordinary seniors graduating at the top of their class from West Charlotte High School in Charlotte, NC. Both are enrolled in Communities In Schools’ Talent Search program and work with their Talent Search Counselor, Stephanie Cafaro. Destiny and Raeven recently learned that they are Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients. They will attend UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall. Raeven hopes to attend medical school and Destiny aspires to become a child psychologist.
On overcoming challenges and achieving success at West Charlotte, Destiny said, “There were times I didn’t have the resources that others are equipped with, but I learned to never use my environment as an excuse.”
Raeven admits to feeling overwhelmed as she completed the Gates Scholarship application. Upon learning she won the award, she said, “I am grateful for the opportunity and I hope that my higher education will allow me to be competitive in a global community.”
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. The award also provides recipients with personal and professional development through their leadership program, along with academic support throughout their college career.