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Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients recognized at BHSU

Black Hills State University recently held a reception for BHSU students who were awarded with the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship. The recipients, who expressed their appreciation and shared their educational and career plans during the reception, completed an extensive and highly competitive process to qualify for the scholarship. Those who attended the reception were: Kaylynn Two Bulls, junior human services major from Pine Ridge; Mary Jo May, junior social science major from Kyle; Marci Lamont, freshman business administration major from Martin; Nicole Blakey, freshman psychology major from Martin; Julianna Brown Eyes, freshman English major from Porcupine; and Jordan Murray, junior history major from Isabel. Scholarship recipients who are not pictured are: Gunner Krogman, freshman business administration and physical education major from Mission; Dallas Nelson, junior American Indian studies and sociology major from Pine Ridge; and Kaitlyn Dupris, junior business administration major from Rapid City.

Black Hills State University recently awarded nine BHSU students with the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, established by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Each of the recipients completed an extensive and highly competitive process to qualify for the scholarship. Recipients are chosen for their academic achievement, community service, and leadership ability.

Those receiving the scholarship are: Nicole Blakey, freshman psychology major from Martin; Julianna Brown Eyes, freshman English major from Porcupine; Kaitlyn Dupris, junior business administration major from Rapid City; Gunner Krogman, freshman business administration and physical education major from Mission; Marci Lamont, freshman business administration major from Martin; Mary Jo May, junior social science major from Kyle; Jordan Murray, junior history major from Isabel;  Dallas Nelson, junior American Indian Studies and sociology major from Pine Ridge; and Kaylynn Two Bulls, junior human services major from Pine Ridge.

A reception was held for the students, who expressed their sincere appreciation for the program and gave an overview of their educational and career plans. BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp along with faculty members praised the scholarship recipients for their achievements.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS), established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The GMS is renewable for recipients who maintain satisfactory academic progress. The award provides leadership development programs with distinctive personal, academic, and professional growth opportunities.

Gates Millennium Scholars may also be awarded graduate school funding for continuing their education in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.
 

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