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Nine Gwinnett County graduating seniors will get to attend college for free after learning they have received Gates Scholarships, according to school system officials.

The school district recently announced the winners of the scholarships, which are awarded to high potential minority students who come from low-income backgrounds. The scholarships are funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“The Gates Scholarship provides further support to Scholars, by engaging with them and their institutions in a variety of ways, to ensure they have access to the resources and services they need, from their first to last day of classes, through graduation and the transition to their chosen careers,” school system officials said in a statement.

“This prestigious scholarship program is based on evidence that by eliminating the financial barriers to college, an all-expenses-paid scholarship can enable high-potential, low-income minority students to excel in their course work, graduate college, and continue to be leaders throughout their lives.”

The students from Gwinnett who received the scholarships include:

♦ David Palmer (Central Gwinnett High School)

♦ Tameem Asif (Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology)

♦ Faraz Awan (Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology)

Yassine Bouanani (Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology)♦

♦ Kenneth Truong (Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology)♦

♦ Destiny Sanchez (Mill Creek High School)

♦ Shayla Nguyen (Mountain View High School)

♦ Rahsaan McFarland II (Archer High School)

♦ Gavin Clarke (Shiloh High School)

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I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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Can we expect the Gwinnett BOE to lower budget request (less school taxes) in view of the fact the expenses these last few months have dropped dramatically? Ac, heat, water, cleaning, office supplies, gas and maintenance of school buses etc etc have gone way down , so there should be corresponding drop in budget needs. DON"t hold your breath!

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