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Five NHS seniors get Gates Scholarships

Newton High School recently announced that five of its seniors can receive $2.5 million through the Gates Millenium Scholars program. Pictured, from left, are (seated) Imari Daniels, Ali Punjani, Akila Triggs; (standing) Alex Grady and Steven Lawson.

Newton High School recently announced that five of its seniors can receive $2.5 million through the Gates Millenium Scholars program. Pictured, from left, are (seated) Imari Daniels, Ali Punjani, Akila Triggs; (standing) Alex Grady and Steven Lawson.

COVINGTON Newton High School has five students who can receive $2.5 million through the Gates scholarship program.

Each student has the potential to use $500,000 toward their education.

"This opportunity allows our students to focus on their academics," said school Principal Craig Lockhart. "It removes all financial burdens and stress that your average college student may face."

The Gates Millennium Scholars program annually awards 1,000 student scholarships to scholars nationwide to assist them in pursuing a post-secondary education.

NHS Gates Scholars include Imari Daniels, Alex Grady, Steven Lawson, Ali Pujani and Akila Triggs. They were five of six finalists at NHS.

The GMS program will grant the Class of 2013 Gates Millennium Scholars monies that can be used to pursue degrees in any undergraduate major at the accredited college or university of the recipients' choice and they have the opportunity to earn masters and doctoral degrees with the funding as well.

"I am so proud of the hard work these students have put into acquiring this scholarship. The application process was quite rigorous," said Dr. Francene Breakfield, financial aid counselor at the school.

The Gates Millennium Scholars program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding 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 goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence by providing thousands of outstanding students, who have significant financial need, the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The five NHS students will be recognized at Senior Honors Night on May 8 and during their graduation ceremony on May 24 at Springfield Baptist Church in Conyers.

Comments

Shart15 1 year, 4 months ago

So no other school had any who won these minority awards? Seems like white kids could be eligible too since they are a minority at this particular school. This press coverage is written strangely as in they "may" receive up to this amount?

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HatemeNow 1 year, 4 months ago

Racism is alive and well in Newton County. It takes a small minded person to attempt to belittle young students. This is an HONOR. If you read the word "may" is used because these students ALREADY have scholarships to attend top schools. The funds may be applied to attend Graduate and Post Graduate Schools, if they elect to attend.

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John 1 year, 4 months ago

Shart15, Time to go back to school & bone up on your reading comprehension - seems like you failed the first time around. The Gates foundation set the rules. But this time around you pay for it!

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Lucy30016 1 year, 4 months ago

White kids need to play the game because almost all of them can legitimately say they have one or more backgrounds way back down the line. Then they can get these freeby awards for minorities.

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HatemeNow 1 year, 4 months ago

Do your research before you post...

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deathtotaxes 1 year, 4 months ago

$500K where the heck are they planing on going to school Oxford in England?

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GreatDay 1 year, 4 months ago

Congratulations to these 5 NHS students! Good luck!

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onyekwuluje 1 year, 4 months ago

Congratulations to you all for your outstanding achievement of receiving the Gates Millennium Scholarship! What an honor and distinction for you that is not only well deserved, but also a true testament to your devotion and dedication to living up to exceptional model students. I am incredibly proud of you. You all are young men and women who have already in your young life exhibited a life of academic achievement, community service and leadership. What an excellent way to represent Newton High School. Go Rams!

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1_player 1 year, 4 months ago

Congratulations to those 5 students and to Newton High School. GO RAMS!!!!

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