A student from the Commonwealth is making a mark abroad after being invited to join the prestigious National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
The good news was relayed to Samantha A. Birmingham-Babauta last weekend by Steve Loflin, founder and CEO of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Birmingham-Babauta is taking up a bachelor's degree Kinesiology at California State University, Northridge.
Birmingham-Babauta is a Gates Millennium Scholar in the CNMI. She had spoken to many schools and groups on island encouraging students to take advantage of scholarship opportunities.
Birmingham-Babauta was among the 23,000 applicants for a Gates Millennium Scholarships in 2011 and was the only one chosen in the CNMI that year. She finished her freshman year at the University of Guam and later transferred to California State University at Northridge.
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is an honor society that invites and elevates high-achieving first- and second-year college students while recognizing and rewarding its members throughout their lifetime.
The society has chapters at over 300 colleges and universities across the country, including Princeton University, The University of Texas at Austin, the University of California, Los Angeles, Cornell University, and the University of Virginia.
Aside from the prestige of membership, Birmingham-Babauta will also have the opportunity to access nearly half a million dollars in scholarships each year, including $30,000 in Merit Awards granted to outstanding new NSCS members. She will also be provided opportunities from organizations that value NSCS membership, including Accenture, Teach For America, and many others. She can also access discounts from major retailers.