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Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients honored at BHSU

Black Hills State University recently held a reception to honor the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients: left to right, Sasha White, junior music major from Kyle; Mary Jo May, senior social science major from Martin; Kristen Lawrence, sophomore math education major from Timber Lake; and Jordan Murray, junior history from Dupree.

Black Hills State University recently held a reception to honor Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients.

Each of the recipients completed an extensive and highly competitive process to qualify for the scholarship. Recipients for the prestigious scholarships, which were established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are chosen for their academic achievement, community service, and leadership ability.

Those receiving the scholarship are: Nicole Blakey, sophomore psychology major from Martin; Kaitlyn Dupris, senior business administration major from Cherry Creek; Gunner Krogman, freshman business administration and physical education major from Mission; Marci Lamont, sophomore business administration major from Martin; Kristen Lawrence, sophomore math education major from Timber Lake; Mary Jo May, senior social science major from Kyle; Jordan Murray, junior history major from Dupree; Dallas Nelson, senior American Indian Studies and sociology major from Pine Ridge; Kaylynn Two Bulls, junior human services major from Pine Ridge; and Sasha White, junior music major from Kyle.

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 congratulated 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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