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.