Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Whitewater Student Named Gates Millennium Scholar

A 2009 Fayette County graduating high school senior is one out of 1,000 in the nation to receive a Gates Millennium Scholarship.

Jonaé Felton, Whitewater High, is among 64 high school seniors from Georgia and the only one from Fayette to be named to the 10th anniversary class of the nation’s largest and most successful minority scholarship program. The program is funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

As a Millennium Scholar, Jonaé will receive a full four-year scholarship to attend Tuskegee University. The total scholarship is worth approximately $200,000.

The application process for the scholarship is extremely involved, over 20 pages long, requiring students to write about their leadership experience, community contributions, personal characteristics, and long and short-term goals. Students must have a minimum 3.3 GPA and demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities to be eligible to apply. Independent readers evaluate nominees’ applications according to three primary criteria: academic achievement, community service and leadership potential.

In addition to being named a Millennium Scholar, Jonaé is also an honor graduate and will graduate in the top five percent of her class.

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