Sprayberry student is Gates Scholar
by MDJ staff
May 10, 2014 12:22 AM | 1963 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DeJuan McBurnie
DeJuan McBurnie
DeJuan McBurnie, a Middle Georgia State College GAMES student, has been named a 2014 Gates Millennium Scholar. In May, McBurnie will graduate from Marietta’s Sprayberry High School, while also picking up his associate’s degree in math from Middle Georgia State.

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.

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