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Four Gwinnett students awarded Gates Millennium scholarships

LAWRENCEVILLE - Four Gwinnett County Public Schools graduating seniors have been selected as part of the 10th anniversary class of Gates Millennium Scholars, earning a full scholarship for undergraduate work, as well as selected graduate and doctoral studies.

This year's Gwinnett honorees are Linda Chen of Mill Creek High, Ariel Ford of Peachtree Ridge High, Annie Khoa of Peachtree Ridge High and Jolie Tu of Peachtree Ridge High.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the United Negro College Fund, promotes academic excellence for outstanding low-income minority students. It provides thousands of students the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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 black, American Indian/Alaska native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic American students.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program was established in 1999 by a grant of more than $1 billion. 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.