Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

West Point Gates Scholars​

Jon Chachula
(Class of 2009, Company A-2, Beavercreek, OH)
Gates Scholarship
Jon was a double major in International Relations and Spanish. He branched Infantry and will study International Relations at the University of Cambridge. As a cadet, Jon had several notable educational experiences including a semester abroad in Spain and internships in the State Department and SOCOM.
Michael McMahon
(Class of 2008, Company A-2, Farmingville, NY)
Gates Scholarship
Michael was a Life Sciences major while at West Point and went on to earn an MPhil in Public Health at Cambridge University. As a cadet, he led Big Brothers Big Sisters and interned at Walter Reed. Michael will be attending medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Robert Rose
(Class of 2008, Company H3, California)
Gates Scholarship
Robert is from California and earned degrees in German and French while at USMA. He spent a semester abroad in France and participated in an AIAD with Navy SEALS in Africa. He branched Infantry and is attending Cambridge University studying international relations.
Zach Watson
(Class of 2008)
Gates Scholarship
Zach graduated last year with honors in Economics and Arabic. While at USMA he studied Arabic in Cairo, Egypt and interned with the President's Council of Economic Advisers in Washington, D.C. He will study Economics at Cambridge.
Andy Robinson
(Class of 2007, Company E-1, Fairfax, VA)
Gates Scholarship
Andy is a double major in Operations Research and Economics in Company E-1.  He hails from Fairfax, Virginia and currently serves as a Military Development Officer.  His extracurricular activities include Officer’s Christian Fellowship, the Sandhurst Competition, and Special Olympics.  Last summer he served as a Company Commander at Camp Buckner and worked at Capitol Hill for Congressman Geoff Davis.  A future Infantry officer, Andy will to pursue an MPhil in Economics at Cambridge.
Jessamyn Liu
(Class of 2006, Company C-3, Richmond, VA)
Truman Scholarship/Gates-Cambridge Scholarship
Jessamyn Liu is a native of Richmond, Virginia, where she first acquired the passion for American political development she continues to pursue as an American politics and American history double major at the United States Military Academy. In addition to her academic and military duties at West Point, Jessamyn is the head manager for the Army Cross Country and Track teams. She has also founded a dinner discussion group to encourage informal interaction between cadets and faculty and organized civic education programs for local community schools. At Cambridge, Jessamyn will pursue a MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History. After graduation she will serve as a military intelligence officer and hopes to eventually return to West Point as a member of its senior faculty.
Jennifer Gonser
(Class of 2006, Company H-1, Cape Cod, MA)
Gates-Cambridge Scholarship
Jennifer Gonser currently calls Cape Cod, Massachusetts home, but actually grew up in a military family and moved about every two years. The determination, values, and discipline fostered in her upbringing led her to West Point, where she is majoring in Civil Engineering and enjoying many extra-curricular activities. The focus of her studies is structural development, and after graduation she will serve as an Army Engineer officer where she will aid in reconstruction and infrastructure improvement in developing countries. In West Point’s Corps of Cadets, she has held various leadership positions, and has enjoyed activities such as leading in Officer’s Christian Fellowship, singing in the Cadet Chapel Choir, and volunteering at a shelter for abused women across the Hudson River. She feels very fortunate that she is able to be here at West Point and soon, in the Army. Jen eagerly anticipates pursuing a graduate degree in Sustainable Development which she can use as a future Corps of Engineers officer.