Maryam Mustafa, a senior at Falls Church High School, has been named to the 2014 Gates Millennium Scholars program, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has received a good-through-graduation full scholarship to use at any college or university of her choice.
Mustafa is one of 1,000 students chosen for the scholarship, based on her leadership skills, community service, and academic achievements. If the recipient chooses to pursue graduate studies in computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health, or science, tuition will be paid through the master’s and doctorate levels.
Mustafa has taken numerous Advanced Placement and honors courses at Falls Church and has a grade point average of 4.1. She is editor-in-chief of the Falls Church yearbook, vice president of communications for the Young Democrats, publicity chair for the National Art Honor Society, an officer of the National Honor Society, and has been a member of the soccer and volleyball teams. She also planned the Readers are Leaders program, that pairs Falls Church High students with Graham Road Elementary students for a reading buddy program. Mustafa volunteers at a local mosque and worked on Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial campaign.
Mustafa plans to attend George Washington University or George Mason University to major in international affairs.