May 3, 2015
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De Anza High senior Jasmine Gill was one of 1,000 students nationwide to be selected as a 2015 Gates Millennium Scholar.

The honor provides high-performing, low-income high school seniors with financial, leadership development, mentoring and social support in college. The scholarship program was established in 1999 and funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Bill and Melinda Gates are pictured above). The program is administered by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

Applicants must be from a minority background with a minimum 3.3 GPA and have demonstrated leadership through community service or other extracurricular activities.

Gill, of El Sobrante, was one of just 15 Bay Area seniors to receive the honor.


She was a recipient of an Ivy League Connection scholarship last year, which sent her to Vanderbilt for a summer program, said Don Gosney, who helps administer the program.

“We are constantly reminded that young people will need a quality education to remain competitive in the 21st century,” said Dr. Michael Lomax, UNCF president and CEO.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.