On May 3, 2011 the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) management announced that the nation’s largest scholarship program, the Gates Millennium Scholar (GMS) Program, has awarded good-through-graduation college scholarships to this year’s cohort of students.
Kalifa Madeena Shabazz was selected as one of the 1,000 scholars who received this national scholarship. Her accomplishment is especially notable in context of the more than 23,000 students who applied, making this year’s the largest and most competitive group of candidates in the program’s history. The Class of 2011 Gates Millennium Scholars represents 44 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands.
Kalifa Madeena will be graduating from St. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Island in Savannah, Georgia on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts in downtown Savannah, Georgia.
Kalifa Madeena has many honors including ranking Number 1 in her graduating class. The following is a list of her awards and honors: The President Barack Obama Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence 2011, University of Georgia Certificate of Merit- the Georgia Certificate of Merit Program recognizes the top 5% of students academically in the Junior Class. Top student academic awards in: Physical Science, Biology, Geometry, Algebra 2, Spanish I & II, World History, American Government, Geography, and 9th grade English. National Honor Society (4 years), National Science Honor Society (1 year), Dean’s list (all A’s)- 9th, 10th, 11th grades , Headmaster’s List (all A’s)- 12th grade, Third place at the State Level in the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Georgia, Girl Scouts of America Silver Award, and Georgia Governor’s Honors Program Nominee for Chemistry.
She has received numerous scholarships including being a recipient of the Martin Luther King Observance Day Association 2011 Memorial Scholarship, recipient of the Academic Scholarship Award – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Savannah Chapter, and the Myrtice Price Altrusa Award from St. Andrews School.
Her extra-curricular and leadership activities include: Girl Scouts of America; President of the Young People’s Organization at First New Afrikan Methodist