ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Atlanta Public Schools officials say 14 students have each been awarded Gates Millennium Scholarships.

The scholarship program is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and selects 1,000 high school students from minority backgrounds annually to receive scholarships to fund their undergraduate education.

In a statement, schools Superintendent Erroll Davis says it’s reassuring to see Atlanta students competing for prestigious academic awards despite the district’s reputation suffering after 35 former educators were accused conspiring to cheat, conceal cheating or retaliate against whistleblowers.

Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school systems in the state and serves about 50,000 students.

2013 APS Gates Millennium Scholars are:

George Washington Carver: Early College Jakira Lewis and Jasmine Williams

George Washington Carver: Health Sciences & Research Demarquez Grissom and Jori Marshall

Frederick Douglass Ibrahim Carson

Henry W. Grady Mezmure Dargie and Sanjida Mowla

Maynard H. Jackson Divine Butts and Bulmaro Espericueta

Benjamin E. Mays Ocquianna Suggs

South Atlanta Educational Complex: Computer Animation & Design Miaya Faniel

D.M. Therrell Educational Complex: Law, Government & Public Policy Adrain Artary

Booker T. Washington: Banking, Finance & Investment Kourtney Mosley and Marionte Poole


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