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Newport News Student Named Gates Millennium Scholar
(May 18, 2012) - Jaquan Outlaw, a senior at Heritage High School, has been selected as a 2012 Gates Millennium Scholar. Outlaw is one of 1,000 students from across the country selected to receive the scholarship which pays the cost of tuition at the college or university of the scholar's choice through graduation. To earn a scholarship, high school seniors participate in a lengthy and competitive application process. Honorees are selected based on a review of their academic records, community involvement and extracurricular activities, and the need for financial assistance.
Outlaw is a student in the Engineering and Technology Magnet Program at Heritage High School. He has excelled in honors and Advanced Placement classes while attending Governor's School. Outlaw is ranked number four in his class and holds a grade point average of 4.18.
Outlaw's leadership and service are noteworthy. He is a member of the superintendent's Student Advisory Group on Education, the Heritage High Leadership Academy and the Technology Student Association. Outlaw also serves as a mentor for male peers in his school's MAN-UP program and as a tutor for middle school students. He volunteers at the Virginia Living Museum and through the Youth Leadership Alliance of Newport News.
Outlaw will attend Rochester Institute of Technology and pursue a double major in new media marketing and game development.
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding minority students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose. Scholars receive personal and professional development through the program's leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.