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Holmes Senior Awarded Prestigious Scholarship from Gates Foundation

Janeyra Mitchell, a senior at Holmes High School, has been selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar for the Class of 2014 and will receive a scholarship that pays for her college education.

The scholarship, granted through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, takes care of any unmet financial need to a U.S. accredited college of the winner’s choice.

The scholarship could amount to more than $100,000 for Janeyra as she plans to attend Clark Atlanta University, where tuition, fees, and housing can amount to more than $30,000 a year.

“I am so excited,’’ Mitchell said. “Going to Clark Atlanta has been my dream. I knew I couldn’t afford to go without scholarships. When I showed my mom the letter from Gates, she just cried and cried. We are so happy.’’

Mitchell is one of one thousand students who received the scholarship.

“Your accomplishment is especially notable in context of the more than 52,000 students who applied, making this year one of the most competitive candidates group in the program’s history,’’ her award letter states. “We are very excited for you to join the community of Gates Scholars and we are very pleased to confer this distinct honor that distinguishes you as a Leader for America’s Future.’’

Mitchell plans to major in Fashion Design/Business Management. She has a 4.0 grade point average and is No. 6 in her graduating class. Though she works two part-time jobs (working thirty hours a week), she still remains active at school and in her community. She was a member of Regional Youth Leadership Program, Leadership Resiliency, Bulldogs Give Back Club, Harvest Edge; she participated in the Great American Cleanup, Plant the Promise, Fairhaven Rescue Mission and the Community Book Drive. In addition, she was named outstanding student in U.S. History, Biology, Science Traditional, Business and Marketing Career Cluster, English. She also received the Key to the Future Award.

Photo: Janeyra Mitchell/provided