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Two Centenary Students
Receive Gates Millennium Scholarships
Ebonee Spencer (left) and Chasity Jackson (right)
SHREVEPORT, LA-- Two
Centenary College students are among the nation's first students to receive
the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS) awards, the college has
announced. The recipients are sophomore Chasity Jackson and freshman Ebonee
Spencer, both pre-med students from Mansfield, La.
They were among 4,000
scholars chosen from some 62,000 applicants, GMS officials said.
Sponsored by Microsoft
Corp. founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, the award is a financial
gift to an elite number of minority students who are pursuing a college
education in the sciences or fine arts.
Criteria for the award,
in addition to major, include the students' grade-point average and leadership
qualities. Jackson's campus involvement includes serving on the Centenary
Activities Board, contributing to the Pandora literary magazine, and participating
in the Chemistry Club and the Church Careers program. She has also
worked in Mansfield at a pediatrics clinic for the past two summers and
tutored children around the community through the state's Weed and Seed
Prior to joining Centenary
this fall, Spencer was involved in National Honor Society, French Club,
Students Against Drunk Driving, and was captain of her high school's cheerleading
squad. She was chosen DeSoto Parish Student of the Year, Miss Mansfield
High and Student Council president. This past summer she also volunteered
at DeSoto Regional Hospital and worked as an assistant photographer.
The scholarship amounts
have not yet been announced by GMS. "Each GMS award for the 2000-01 academic
year will be based on the cost of tuition, fees, books and living expenses,
taking into account any other financial aid awards the scholar has received,"
said William H. Gray, III, GMS president and chief executive officer.
Gray also said he anticipates
that the students will be able to apply for scholarship renewal in subsequent
years through an expedited and streamlined process.