Chandler Park Academy High School graduate named Gates Scholar

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published June 20, 2021

 Chandler Park Academy High School graduate Jaylen Body was named a Gates Scholar and will receive a full-ride scholarship to Michigan Technological University.

Chandler Park Academy High School graduate Jaylen Body was named a Gates Scholar and will receive a full-ride scholarship to Michigan Technological University.

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HARPER WOODS — A Chandler Park Academy graduate recently was awarded a prestigious scholarship from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Jaylen Body, 18, of Warren, a member of Chandler Park Academy High School’s Class of 2021, was named a Gates Scholar.

“The Gates Scholarship is a scholarship that is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It is for minorities and low-income students who wish to go to college. It provides 300 full-ride scholarships,” explained Body. “I applied last July. My college and scholarship counselor recommended it.”

Brian Ericsson, the principal of Chandler Park Academy High School, said Body is among the school’s best and brightest and is very deserving of the scholarship.

“We’re extremely excited,” Ericsson remarked. “He is our second Gates Scholar. He’s certainly earned it. He is one of our hardest-working students here. As far as our dual enrollment program with Wayne County Community College and honors programs, he’s taken advantage of everything we have to offer here. He’s also involved in the Youth in Government program. He’s been a leader here at the school and through programs like that one in Lansing.”

Ericsson said that among the reasons for Body’s success are his drive and willingness to get involved in various programs and groups.

“He’s always taken advantage of different programs and different opportunities,” he said. “Jaylen has an inherent drive within himself. He has been pushing himself since middle school, which has propelled himself forward and allowed him to refine his speaking and presentation skills. It’s not always about your SAT reading and math scores; it’s also about your dedication and work ethic.”

Body said he isn’t sure what career path he will choose, but that he wants to study accounting and management.

“I will be attending Michigan Technological University and I will be double majoring in accounting and management,” he said. “I don’t have a career path yet, but I will pursue whatever career opportunities arise.”

Body added that such scholarships make things possible for students that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

“When I found out, it was like a weight lifted off my shoulders,” he said. “I didn’t want my family to have to pay for my education or take out loans. It’s pretty good to not have to go into any type of debt thanks to this scholarship.”

He said the key to his success is the willingness to act and get involved, and preparation.

“My advice to other students would be to look as soon as possible for options and opportunities so you’re not doing things at the last minute,” Body said. “It never helps you out to do things at the last minute in the long run; it just stresses you out.”

School administrators said they couldn’t be prouder of Body and wish him the best of luck on his post-high school career.

“We’re extremely happy,” Ericsson said. “It’s great to see someone who has put the work in and gone about things the right way be rewarded and be in a situation where he will be completely debt-free. He’s really earned it and we know he’s going to do great things.”