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Posted May 6, 2014

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Two APS Seniors Earn Good-Through-Graduation Scholarship

As 2014 Gates Millennium Scholars, Gabriel Reyes of Valley and Ceidric Platero of Del Norte can pursue a degree at the college or university of their choice.

APS students Ceidric Platero of Del Norte High and Gabriel Reyes of Valley High are among the 1,000 students from around the country named 2014 Gates Millennium Scholars. The prestigious scholarship allows them to pursue degrees in any undergraduate major at any college or university without having to worry about the cost.

Established in 1999 with the goal of developing Leaders for America’s Future™, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The GMS Program is removing barriers to education for high-performing, low-income students. Each year it enables 5,000 students to attend and graduate from 800 of the most selective private and public schools in the country, including Ivy League colleges, flagship state universities and other minority-serving institutions.

The GMS program provides recipients with leadership development opportunities, mentoring, academic and social support as well as financial support. The program is known for its recipients' high graduation rates – a six-year rate of more than 87 percent (28 percent higher than the national graduation rates for all students and comparable to the rates for students from high-income families).

More information on the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

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