By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

GCPS Class of 2015:
13 GCPS seniors earn Gates Millennium Scholarships

A group of Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) seniors recently learned their hard work earned them the opportunity to go to college for free.

The 13 students have been named 2015 Gates Millennium Scholars. The high school seniors – from Berkmar High, Dacula High, Duluth High, Grayson High, Meadowcreek High, Mountain View High, Shiloh High, and South Gwinnett High– join a group of 1,000 students from across the nation to receive the honor this year.The honorees from Gwinnett are: 

Gates Scholar

College/University

High School

Kadijatu Sowe

University of Georgia

Berkmar HS

Chelsey Omoerah

University of Georgia

Dacula HS

Sarah Sanneh

Princeton University

Duluth HS

Shi Jie (John) Li

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Duluth HS

Lilah Evans

Harvard University

Grayson HS

Ifedinma (Sarah) Nwankwo

University of Georgia

Meadowcreek HS

Bianca Perez

Emory University

Meadowcreek HS

Elena Granados-Barron

Emory University

Meadowcreek HS

Adrielle Kwapong

Georgia State University

Mountain View HS

Biajani McEwen-Lopez

University of Southern California

Shiloh HS

Olivia Casimir

undecided

South Gwinnett HS

Kawther Berhanu

undecided

South Gwinnett HS

Caleb Afunyah

undecided

South Gwinnett HS

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.

GCPS will hold a reception honoring this year’s Gates Millennium Scholars on Friday, May 15, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Grayson Room at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center located in Suwanee.

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