2012-05-18 / Education

Richland One Gates Millennium Scholars

Contributed by Richland School District One


Byron Keith Robins Jr. Columbia High Byron Keith Robins Jr. Columbia High Two Richland One students have been named 2012 Gates Millennium Scholars, a highly prestigious award that will pay the entire cost of their college education through graduation including grad- uate school.

It is with much pride that Richland One extends its congratulations to seniors Byron Keith Robins Jr. of Columbia High School and Latisha Robinson of A.C. Flora High School.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program is funded by a $ 1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Its goal is to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to attend college.

Applicants must have a 3.3 or higher GPA (grade point average) and have demonstrated superb academic achievement, leadership abilities, and extracurricular community service activities. Each year the Foundation awards scholarships to 1,000 students nationwide. Nationwide, more than 24,000 students applied, making this year’s group of candidates the largest and most competitive in the program’s history.


Latisha Robinson A.C. Flora Latisha Robinson A.C. Flora Robinson plans to attend the College of Charleston this fall where she will major in marine biology. “Now that I have this scholarship, I can pursue my doctorate degree,” she said.

Robins plans to attend the University of South Carolina where he will major in education.

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