- Mishka Moncrieffe
- North Atlanta High School
Mishka Moncrieffe, a recent graduate with a passion for reaching out, has done much for her community. She has been recognized as a Gates Millennium Scholar as the result of her hard work.
“The Gates will provide for all my unmet need. The most exciting thing about being a Gates Scholar is knowing that I can feel secure in attending and paying for college without worrying about the cost negatively affecting my family,” she said.
The goal of the Gates Millennium Scholarship is “to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential,” according to its website.
The scholarship provides “support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid; renewable awards for Gates Millennium Scholars maintaining satisfactory academic progress; graduate school funding … and leadership development programs with distinctive personal, academic and professional growth opportunities,” according to www.gmsp.org.
Other local Gates Millennium Scholars
Jarius Allen, North Springs High School
Amanda Bradley, Marist School
Darrius Hamilton, Dunwoody High School
Mpaza Kapembwa, Cross Keys High School
Rekeyia Sherrell, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School
Conchita Taylor, North Springs High School
Meron Wolde-Tensa, The Westminster Schools
Source: The Gates Foundation
Mishka emigrated from Jamaica to live with her mom in America when she was 9. Her understanding of diversity and international focus have been shaped by that experience.
At North Atlanta Mishka was a member of nine clubs and teams, including the Earth Club, the Model United Nations, the Model Arab League, the Chinese Club and the Muslim-American Culture Club.
Outside of school, Mishka works as a volunteer and a karate instructor, volunteers as a tutor for elementary school students and raises funds for their tutor scholarships. She also spends time knitting clothing that she donates to homeless shelters in the winter. She has risen to the advanced brown belt level in karate and assists in teaching younger students.
Though Mishka feels passionately about many things, she says she is most proud of her community service.
“I really like community service because I figure that life is bigger than one’s self. If I affect others’ lives in a positive way, I am giving my life a purpose,” Mishka said.
Now Mishka is trying to teach herself Hebrew and Korean. She feels that an international connection is important.
Mishka will use her Gates Millennium Scholarship to attend Stanford University in the fall. She plans to use her unique understanding of immigration and assimilation to start her own organization in college dedicated to helping immigrant children adjust to living in America.
“It is not always as easy as everyone assumes. I know from personal experience that it is hard on a child and that children can be cruel,” Mishka said.