15 GCPS seniors earn scholarships as Gates Millennium Scholars

A group of Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) seniors recently learned that their hard work in high school will benefit them in college as they will have their their entire college career paid in full. The 15 students have been named 2014 Gates Millennium Scholars—the most Gwinnett students to ever earn this recognition.

The high school seniors – from Archer High; Brookwood High; Dacula High; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Meadowcreek High; Mountain View High; Norcross High; North Gwinnett High; Parkview High; Peachtree Ridge High; and Shiloh High – join a group of 1,000 students from across the nation to receive the honor this year.

This year’s honorees from Gwinnett are:
•Micheline Amisi of Archer High College plans: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
•Oluwatomisin “Tomi” Adelusi of Brookwood High College plans: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
•Paula Deroseney of Dacula High College plans: Emory University
•Chinye Ijeli of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology College plans: University of Chicago
•Jonathan S. Conde-Peraza of Meadowcreek High College plans: Emory University
•Nabilah Khanam of Meadowcreek High College plans: Georgia State University
•Caridad Milanes of Meadowcreek High •College plans: Georgia State University •Thaxton Lipscomb of Mountain View High College plans: Clemson University
•Thien-Phuoc Do of Norcross High College plans: Emory University or University of Chicago
•Josselyn Garcia of Norcross High College plans: Emory University
•Benazir Haseen of Norcross High College plans: Georgia State University
•Annie Yang of North Gwinnett High College plans: University of California, Berkeley or University of Georgia
•Hildana Haileyesus of Parkview High - College plans: Duke University
•Brian Chung of Peachtree Ridge High - College plans: Dartmouth University
•Brandon Johnson of Shiloh High College plans: New York University

In addition to the full scholarship for undergraduate work, the Gates Millennium Scholars also qualify for funding to cover graduate and doctoral work in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. The program, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, promotes academic excellence for outstanding minority low-income students.

In order to earn the scholarship, the seniors participated in a lengthy and competitive application process. Honorees were selected based on a review of their academic record, community involvement and extracurricular activities, and their families’ need for financial assistance. The program recognizes high-achieving African American, American Indian/Alaska Native (must provide proof of tribal enrollment), Asian/Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program was established in 1999 by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In order to reach and support its constituents, the organization has partnered with the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars, the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the United Negro College Fund. Members of the news media are invited to visit GCPS on Thursday, May 8, 2014 to interview students, their parents, and the school counselors who guided them. The celebratory event will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. inside the “Grayson Room” in building 200 of the school district’s Instructional Support Center, which is located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd., NW in Suwanee. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, School Board members, and district leaders will join students and their families as Gwinnett salutes its largest class of Gates Millennium Scholars.

For more information about the Gates Millennium Program, visit www.gmsp.org or contact 703-205- 2041.