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51 students to share in $1M Prize

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

LAWRENCEVILLE — Fifty-one Gwinnett County Public Schools students graduating at the end of the month have received news of an early graduation present: They will have a share of $1 million in Broad Prize scholarships.

The 51 students, representing 17 Gwinnett high schools, applied for the scholarships and were selected based on the recommendations of an independent application review committee comprised of admissions, enrollment and financial aid professionals from colleges and universities, according to a news release.

Unlike many traditional scholarships that are awarded only to top-tier students, Broad Prize scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who have a demonstrated record of improving their grades over the course of their high school career and have a financial need.

<b>At a glance

The Broad Prize Scholarship winners are:</b>

• Anna Hunter, Archer High

• Ana Barrera, Berkmar High

• Diamond Bledsoe, Berkmar High

• Ioana Creta, Berkmar High

• Kevin Jordan, Berkmar High

• Darshan Patel, Brookwood High

• Daniel Lapniewski, Central Gwinnett High

• Alexis Taylor, Central Gwinnett High

• Zoe Crane, Collins Hill High

• Taylor White, Collins Hill High

• Sydney Williams, Collins Hill High

• Anije Williams, Collins Hill High

• Karla Cruz, Dacula High

• Shelley McDaniel, Dacula High

• Al Haj Shah, Dacula High

• Katherine Aubrey, Duluth High

• Erik Brewer, Duluth High

• Celene Cervin, Duluth High

• Dionnet Bhatti, Grayson High

• Candice Cobb, Grayson High

• Jeshua Pope, Grayson High

• Farida Bana, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

• Dione Duc, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

• Mahnoor Hassan, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

• Dominique McLeod, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

• Mary Nguyen, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

• Alexander Steahr, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

• Ivana Stojkic, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

• Miriam Choudhry, Meadowcreek High

• Lemlem Mehari, Meadowcreek High

• Hiral Patel, Meadowcreek High

• Anisha Ali, Mill Creek High

• Tishan Bowen-Gordon, Mill Creek High

• Chelsea Cierski, Mill Creek High

• Cailee DeLeon, Mill Creek High

• Juan Forero, Mill Creek High

• Leila Osman, Mill Creek High

• Catherine Starry, Mill Creek High

• Tiah Westover, Mill Creek High

• Kelly Wilkinson, Mill Creek High

• Yessi Castro, Mountain View High

• Nurin Abdulwassy, Norcross High

• Aminatou Diallo, Norcross High

• Seth Hinsley, Norcross High

• Florence Pham, Norcross High

• Star Reese, Norcross High

• Michelle Fulleda, North Gwinnett High

• Kaleb Swanda, North Gwinnett High

• Adnan Nathani, Peachtree Ridge High

• Wanda Wilson, Phoenix High

• Senae Jones, South Gwinnett High

“We congratulate these students for their academic success but more importantly for improving their performance during high school,” said Eli Broad, founder of The Broad Foundation, a national education philanthropy based in Los Angeles. “Their achievement is also a testament to the support and dedication from their parents, teachers, administrators and the entire Gwinnett County community. We look forward to their continued success in college and beyond.”

Gwinnett County Public Schools received the scholarship money because the district won the 2010 Broad Prize for Urban Education, awarded by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, a national education philanthropy. Awarded annually, the Broad Prize honors urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing income and ethnic achievement gaps.

Although the Broad Prize recognizes urban school district efforts on the whole, the beneficiaries of the Broad Prize funds are the students themselves. Graduating seniors from Broad Prize winning and finalist districts are eligible for two- or four-year scholarships, depending on the type of higher education institution they choose to attend.

Students who enroll in four-year colleges receive $20,000 scholarships paid out over four years ($5,000 per year). Students who enroll in two-year colleges or technical programs receive $5,000 scholarships paid out over two years ($2,500 per year). The Broad Prize scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America.