Cy Springs High School Student Chosen as a Gates Millennium Scholar

Cypress, TX (May 3, 2016) Cypress Springs High School senior Jay’Len Boone was one of 1,000 students nationwide named to the final class of high school recipients of the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program. Boone, who was selected from a pool of 53,000 recipients, will receive scholarship funds to pursue a degree in any undergraduate major and selected graduate programs at any accredited college or university of his choice.

Millennium Scholar

“It is an honor to earn the Gates Millennium Scholarship,” Boone said. “When I was in 10th grade, I promised my parents that they wouldn’t have to pay a dime for my college education. Since then I have worked tirelessly to keep that promise. I am hopeful that I can be a great representative for future students to strive for similar honors to create a great LEGACY.”

Boone, whose application was evaluated on academic achievement, community service and leadership potential, plans to attend the University of Texas—San Antonio in the fall.

“The fact that this scholarship recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement and leadership potential makes us [CFISD] proud that one of our very own was selected for this outstanding honor,” said Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools.

In addition to the scholarship funds, Boone will have access to GMS programs and activities to use as resources, assist with his development as a leader and connect with the Gates Scholar community.

“Jay’Len is intelligent, outgoing and excels in everything for which he is involved,” said campus principal Dr. Cheryl Henry. “We are very proud and honored that Jay’Len is a Cypress Springs Panther and the recipient of Gates Millennium Scholars Program.”

Established in 1999, the GMS Program was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program’s goal is to promote academic excellence by providing thousands of outstanding students the opportunity to reach their full potential. For more information about the program, visit

Courtesy of the District