February 6, 2009
Lincoln University Board of Trustees Recognizes
2008 Gates Millennium Scholar Xavier D. Davis
UNIVERSITY, PA –Lincoln
University junior Xavier Demond Davis will be recognized
by the University’s Board of Trustees for upholding Lincoln’s
commitment to excellence as a prestigious Gates Millennium
Scholar. Davis’ outstanding academic achievement throughout
his high school career has earned him the distinction of receiving
one of the most competitive scholarships in the nation.
Enrolling high-achieving students has been a major objective of Lincoln University’s
President Ivory V. Nelson, Ph.D., since his presidency at the institution.
“Recognizing the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of Lincoln sophomore
Xavier Davis is important to this University,” Dr. Nelson said. “Davis’ achievements
demonstrate the high caliber of students we enroll and further advance the Lincoln
University legacy of excellence.”
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS) was initially funded by a $1 billion
grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of the scholars
program is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding
minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential. Established
in 1999, its goal is increasing the number of high-achieving African American,
American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic American and Asian Pacific Islander American
students who have significant financial need, and helping them to enroll in and
complete undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Knowing school expenses would be tremendous on a medical track, Davis, a Virginia
native, applied for several scholarships. He received over five including, the
CJW Medical Center Scholarship for Volunteering, the University Scholarship from
Lincoln University and the Community Foundation Scholarship for Outstanding Citizenship
in Virginia. The Gates Millennium Scholarship was the most significant
in contribution providing for tuition, board and fees for undergraduate studies
and enrollment into a graduate school.
“When I received the notice saying I made it to the second stage I couldn’t
believe it,” Davis said. “I called my guidance counselor immediately!”
Using the scholarship for an education at Lincoln came as a natural decision
for this biology major. Since his high school days, Davis traveled from
Richmond to southern Chester County, PA to participate in Lincoln’s summer-bridge
“In 2002 I was in the Summer Enrichment Program and in 2003 I was in the
Transportation Program; since then, I have always remembered Lincoln,” Davis
Davis was first introduced to Lincoln through his Uncle Benny L. Turner III,
a prominent alumnus from the class of 1974. Turner was responsible for bringing
droves of students from the Washington, D.C. area to the University until his
untimely death in 2003.
“He (Turner) was most influential in my decision,” Davis said.
The Lincoln legacy also spreads throughout his family to his Aunt Karen Nicholas,
a 1979 alumna, who played a major role in the Lincoln University Alumni Association
and is currently the president and CEO of the Educational Advancement Alliance
Maintaining his scholarship has proven easy for this Dean’s List student. In
the midst of all his studies, Davis has participated in the ten-week medical
and dental program at the University of Virginia to experience “life as
a medical student”. As part of his Gates Millennium scholarship commitment,
Davis participates twice a year in the community outreach programs, delivering
his testimony on the possibility of minorities attaining such a high accomplishment.
Upon completion, Davis plans to return to his home state and enroll in a Ph.D.
and medical program.
Founded in 1854, Lincoln University, located in Chester County, PA, is a premier, historically Black University that combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society. The University is nationally recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences (chemistry and physics); computer and informational sciences; biological and life sciences. Lincoln has an enrollment of 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students.
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