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Education: 9 win Gates Millennium scholarships

Nine USC students have been awarded Gates Millennium scholarships

They are:

Jordan Cabrera, B.A., Psychology

Teana Cramer, B.S., Biological Science

Betty Joann Iokepa, Ed.D., Education

Felicia Jin-Sun Lee, Ph.D., Education

Lucy Lomas, B.S., Biomedical/Electrical Engineering

Tia Madkins, M.S., Education

Perkin Mak, B.A., Architecture

Brandon Sonnier, B.A., Cinema-Television

Charisse Yukoklian, B.S., Business Administration

The Gates Millennium Scholars Initiative, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the United Negro College Fund and partners, is aimed at expanding access opportunity to higher education. A primary goal of the program is to support students in completing college. Additional support is provided for students pursuing advanced degrees in disciplines where ethnic and racial groups are currently underrepresented.

A finalist pool of approximately 4,000 scholars was selected from more than 62,000 applicants.

During the inaugural year, Gates Millennium Scholars will receive funds for tuition, fees, books and living expenses in amounts calculated according to need. A leadership training component, including conferences and mentoring opportunities, is being developed.

Education: 9 win Gates Millennium scholarships

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