Macon students named Gates Millennium Scholars
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Tamia Middleton and Ira Moore are the two Bibb County Schools students who received the 2016 Gates Millennium Scholarship.
“It’s very exciting. It’s a relief. It’s a breath of fresh air because it’s one less thing I have to worry about. The majority of my college is paid for. [That’s] just a good thing to have,” said Moore.
Only 1,000 students are selected each year for the award. More than 53,000 students applied for assistance from the program this year, according to a news release from the Bibb County School District.
The scholarship gives students money toward their college education of up to $250,000.
The Gates Millennium Scholarship Program was established in 1999 to provide outstanding minority students an opportunity to get an undergraduate college education, according to the school district.
The two seniors attend Central High School in Macon and have been accepted to their dream schools.
“Next fall I’m going to be attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Right now, I’m deciding majoring in biology and a minor in dance,” said Moore.
Middleton plans to go to Spelman College.
“I wanted to apply right after I toured Spelman for the first time. I remember on the way back, my mom and dad were like, you know we can’t afford Spelman. I said I never said you would have to pay for it,” recalled Middleton.
Middleton and Moore agreed the school played a crucial role in helping them achieve this goal. Both are in the IB program and have numerous extra curricular activities.
“I dance here. I’m part of the marching band. I’m part of the soccer team. I’m in student council, Beta Club, National Honor Society,” explained Moore.
“I am the Senior Class President for the Class of 2016. I’m also in National Honor Society, Beta Club, Key Club. I am also an employee at Scott’s Pharmacy,” said Middleton.
Dorothy Krakow, one of the school’s guidance counselors, said Central High School is the only Bibb County public school to have students awarded this scholarship.