The highly competitive scholarships were awarded to just 1,000 students out of 52,000 total applicants.
Created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. For McBurnie, 17, the award likely means that combined with other financial aid, he will be able to complete his planned bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering debt-free.
“Before I even began high school, I was worried about how I would pay for college,” said McBurnie, who plans to enroll at Georgia Tech. “This is a great opportunity.”
McBurnie, son of Alicia McBurnie and the late Stephen Nkabyo, is the first Middle Georgia State GAMES student to be named a Gates Millennium Scholar.