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photo of Bryauna Kralik and Joshua Owusu holding certificates. photo of Ty’Khari Rawlings of Hampton High School holding certificate.

Three Hampton students are named as Gates Millennium Scholars

Bryauna Kralik and Joshua Owusu of Bethel High School, and Ty’Khari Rawlings of Hampton High School, have been named Gates Millennium Scholars.  Owusu will be attending The College of William and Mary, Kralik will attend Virginia Commonwealth University, and Rawlings will attend Moorehouse College in the fall.

This honor guarantees the students the support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid, including graduate school funding for continuing Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.

The program also offers leadership development programs with distinctive personal, academic and professional growth opportunities.

The students were selected from more than 53,000 applicants and were required to meet rigorous criteria, including writing eight essays and demonstrating community involvement and leadership.

“As a Bill Gates Scholar and ambassador, I am extremely excited and proud for these students,” said James Harris, assistant principal at Bethel High School.  “Their selection speaks volumes about the opportunities and quality education they have received in Hampton City Schools.”

Harris assisted the students during the application process.

“We are extremely proud of Joshua and Bryauna and their commitment to academic excellence,” said Ralph Saunders, principal of Bethel. “Their years of hard work exemplify what we want all of our students to aspire for at Bethel High School.”

Tiffany Hardy, principal of instruction at Hampton High, praised Ty’Khari for his selection.

"Ty’Khari is an extremely well-rounded young man who demonstrates a high degree of motivation and enthusiasm in the classroom and in his extracurricular activities in school and his community,” said Hardy.   “What sets Ty’Kahari apart from the others is the pride he takes in himself and his willingness to do whatever it takes to accomplish his goals."

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program has funded ore than 17,000 Gates Millennium Scholars since the inception of the program in 1999.  It has awarded over $845,713,056 in scholarships between the 2000-2014 academic years.

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian Pacific Islander American**, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Continuing Gates Millennium Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.


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