Twenty-one Atlanta Public Schools students have been awarded 2011 Gates Millennium Scholarships — the second highest number of any school district in the nation.
A total of 1,000 students nationwide were awarded these prestigious college scholarships, which can be used to pursue degrees in any undergraduate major at a college or university of the recipient’s choice. These scholarships cover student’s tuition, room and board through undergraduate school and beyond for recipients who elect to pursue advanced degrees.
APS students who earned this year’s Gates Millennoim Scholarships are:
Benjamin E. Mays High School
Booker T. Washington Senior Academy
Carver Early College
Paul Harris, Jr.
Carver School of Health Sciences & Research
Frederick Douglass High School
Maynard Jackson High School
North Atlanta High School
South Atlanta School of Law & Social Justice
“This remarkable achievement is the direct result of the hard work and dedication of our principals, teachers and staff who have excelled at making our high school transformation program work for the benefit of our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall. “These scholarships provide clear evidence that the small schools and learning communities concept associated with all of our high schools now is spearheading escalating student achievement.”
In addition to financial assistance, Gates Millennium Scholars receive academic support, mentoring and leadership training. Past recipients have a five-year college graduation rate of nearly 80 percent.