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Elsa Armstrong Awarded Gate-Millennium Scholarship
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Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Elsa Armstrong
Elsa Armstrong

Washburn High School Senior, Elsa Armstrong, has been awarded the very prestigious Gates-Millennium Scholarship. The Gates-Millennium Scholarship is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It was started in 1999 and is promised to run for 20 years. It focuses on funding outstanding minority students, in either undergraduate or graduate programs. Each year only 1,000 students are selected from across the U.S. to receive this scholarship. The program promotes academic excellence, which Elsa has demonstrated throughout her high school career. The application process is extremely rigorous, demanding eight written essays on specified topics, an educator’s evaluation on academics, and an assessment of the student’s community and service roles. The scholarship encourages students to pursue and complete an undergraduate degree in the discipline area of their choice. Elsa is Washburn’s first Gates-Millennium Scholar and will attend Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire this fall.

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