Nine USC students have been awarded Gates Millennium scholarships
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.