Two Richmond City high school seniors have been named 2012 Gates Millennium Scholars, the nation’s largest minority scholarship program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The two Richmond City students selected are Shaquille Christmas from Franklin Military Academy and Kia Watson from Richmond Community High School. Both are their respective schools’ 2012 valedictorians.
Christmas, who ranks first in his class with a 4.0 grade point average, will study biochemistry at the University of Richmond.
Watson, who has compiled a 4.81 grade point average, plans to attend Stanford University and major in biomedical engineering.
The Gates Millennium Scholars program includes renewable college scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate studies. This year, 1,000 students representing 47 states, the District of Columbia, the Marshall Islands and four U.S. territories: Federated States of Micronesia, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, were selected.