Three Prince George’s County graduates are Gates Millennium Scholars

Three Prince George’s County high school graduates have been selected as Gates Millennium Scholars.

Oloruntobi Dare of Charles H. Flowers High School, Charmaine Scarlett of Forestville High School and Maimuna Sidibay of High Point High School are among 1,000 minority students nationwide who will receive the “good-through-graduation” scholarships to any college or university of their choice.

“This is a prestigious honor, and these students are to be congratulated,” Kevin M. Maxwell, the county schools chief, in a statement. “The financial support that this scholarship provides students opens doors that may not have otherwise been available to them.”

Since 1999, the scholarship — which was originally funded with a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is administered by the United Negro College Fund — has paid for more than 20,000 students to go to college, awarding more than $614 million for tuition, fees, books and housing. Students are chosen based on academic achievement and financial need.

The program provides recipients with leadership development opportunities, mentoring, as well as academic, financial and social support.

Charmaine was honored recently during a ceremony saluting the county’s valedictorians and salutatorians.

Charmaine, who earned a 3.51 grade-point average, was the 2014 salutatorian at Forrestville. She plans to go to Temple University in the fall and wants to study social work.

Ovetta Wiggins writes about K-12 education.
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