Timentwa selected as Gates Scholar winner for 2012


Matt Timentwa is shown at Lake Roosevelt High School. He was selected last Friday as a Gates Millennium Scholar and wins a free ride to Eastern Washington University, the university of choice for Timentwa. He is the 10th Gates Scholar to come out of Lake Roosevelt High School.

Lake Roosevelt High School announced its 10th Gates Millennium Scholar this week.

Winning a free ride to a university of choice was Matt Timentwa, a Nespelem resident, who has attended school here since kindergarten.

Timentwa’s specialty is math and science.

The Lake Roosevelt senior received news that he had won the Gates scholarship last Friday.

The scholarships are given to minority students who come from lower income families and who qualify under an extensive process. Students selected must have at least a 3.3 grade point average. Timentwa carries a 3.5 grade point average and takes a very difficult academic schedule in both science and math.

The scholarship, for four years, can be extended for graduate work, another four years, if the recipient decides to extend his academic work.

The last Gates Millennium Scholar was Amelia McClung in 2009. She is enrolled at Washington State University.

Other recent Gates scholars include Casandra Norton, 2008, who is at Eastern Washington University and Megan Francis, also in 2008, and who is at Gonzaga.

Timentwa plans to attend Eastern Washington University and plans on a heavy emphasis on math and science. He chose EWU so he could be close to home.

“I might change to a larger school later,” Timentwa stated.

While he doesn’t have a vocation in mind, “math will be part of what I do,” he declared.

Helping Matt sign up and apply for the scholarship was Cathy Krohn, who stated: “Matt is an amazing kid,” said Cathy Krohn, who helped him through the application process. “He’s in an advanced physics class.”

His parents are Annie Timentwa and Matthew Ives.

While taking very difficult subjects, Matt still found time to compete in both track and cross country.

But he’s not all hard science. He likes to read, particularly novels.

“I like the way writers put together a story,” he said. “My mother has tried to get me to write a novel, and I have done some writing.”

He has even tried his hand at poetry.

Soon, it will be off to university, where a world full of ideas will come crashing down.

“I’m still thinking about what I want to do,” Matt said.

The Gates Millennium Scholar program is funded through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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