4 CMS students receive Gates Millennium scholarships

Four Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools seniors have been named Gates Millennium Scholars, which includes a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at the college or university of their choice.

Chardonaé Johnson of Garinger High, Thea Scott of Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, Emanuel Azage of South Mecklenburg High and Nancy Contreras-Quinteros of West Charlotte High are among the 1,000 student selected nationwide.

“We are so proud of the accomplishments of these four students,” CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison said in a statement. “Their hard work and academic ability has brought them some well-deserved help with the next step in their educational journeys – higher learning.”

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program seeks to help outstanding minority students. Requirements include having at least a 3.3 GPA, being active in community service or extracurricular activities and being eligible to receive Pell Grant funding.

In addition to scholarship money, the program also offers mentoring, leadership development, academic and social support.

The program was established in 1999 and initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. More than 10,000 program scholars have completed a degree since then.

The United Negro College Fund administers the program.

The online application for the 2015 Gates Millennium Scholars Program will be available Aug. 1. Details: