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Birmingham City Schools Students Recognized as Top Competitors as Gates Millennium Scholarship Recipients

Having big dreams and gaining fuel to fund them is no small matter to many Birmingham City School students as they pack a punch relentlessly in pursuit of scholarship rewards. Stanley Louis II of Huffman High School along with Maya Quinn of Ramsay High School, officially tapped into their full potential as they recently received news that they were selected for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

Birmingham City Councilor Valerie Abbott, Chair of the Education Committee, is a champion for education and firmly believes that Birmingham City School students can be competitive when striving for notable scholarship opportunities.

“The awarding of a Gates Millennium Scholarship (to a Birmingham student) is proof that quality education is available in Birmingham’s public schools and it will certainly serve to enhance his/her chances for success and leadership opportunities in the future,” Councilor Abbott said. “The time is right for the City of Birmingham to invest more in our public educational system so that all students will have the ability to win scholarships to further their educational opportunities.”

Last year the Birmingham City Council recognized Woodlawn High School students Jarrell Jordan and Trey Hawkins as they collectively were awarded over $2 million in scholarships from numerous opportunities, including the nationally competitive scholarships from Gates Millennium.

The Gates Millennium, is a foundation created and funded by Bill and Melinda Gates and administered by the United Negro College Fund. The highly sought-after scholarships offer a full ride to cover costs for college and graduate school for outstanding minority students

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.