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15 Gwinnett seniors, a record, selected as Gates Millenium Scholars

Never before have this many Gwinnett seniors been selected as Gates Millenium Scholars, an honor for outstanding minority students to have their college tuition paid for in full.

The program, established in 1999, is funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for low-income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.

The Gwinnett honorees are among 1,000 from across the country.

Last year, 12 Gwinnett seniors were selected for the honor, while 11 were honored two years ago.

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.

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 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.

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

• 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 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