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BCPS Students Named to Elite Class of 2014 Gates Millennium Scholars

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Five Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students are members of an elite class of 2014 Gates Millennium Scholars. Dwayne Fletcher of Northeast High School, Manoucheka Guillaume of College Academy @ Broward College, Jessica Nelson of Deerfield Beach High School, Emmanuel Osunlana of College Academy @ Broward College and Valentina Vargas of McFatter Technical High School, are among the 1,000 winners throughout the country who were named to this year’s Gates Millennium Scholarship Program.

Scholarship recipients receive good-through-graduation scholarships that can be used to pursue degrees in any undergraduate major at the accredited college or university of their choice. The scholarship program, which also provides recipients with leadership development opportunities, mentoring, academic and social support is supported by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through the UNCF (United Negro College Fund).

"Today more than ever it is important that our young people get the education they need, and that we need them to have in order to remain competitive in the 21st century. For the 20,000 young men and women who will attend college as Gates Millennium Scholars, the financial support, leadership training, mentoring and academic and social support they receive will enable them to become college graduates and our next generation of leaders," said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., president and CEO, UNCF.

Dwayne Fletcher of Oakland Park
Northeast High School

Dwayne Fletcher ranks 22nd out of 360 students in his graduating class and holds a weighted 4.27 GPA. He is an outstanding senior leader who was also recognized by the Broward County Athletic Association for being a Scholar Athlete. Dwayne has met the demands of his classes while participating in a variety of extracurricular activities, including: Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, Speech & Debate Club, National Honor Society and Community Service Committee as chairperson. He will attend the University of Florida.

Manoucheka Guillaume of Davie
College Academy @ Broward College

Manoucheka Guillaume is a business major with a love of theater. A National Honor Society member and treasurer of the Broward College Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity, she has successfully competed with this organization at the state level.  Her goal is to “own her own corporation, which she will lead effectively and ethically.” Manoucheka is graduating with a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree in June. She will attend the University of South Florida.

Jessica Nelson of Deerfield Beach
Deerfield Beach High School

Jessica Nelson ranks in the top 11 percent her class with a weighted GPA of 4.68. Jessica is also a student in Deerfield Beach/ High School’s Communication Broadcast Arts magnet program and a dual enrolled student at Broward College. Her extra curricular activities include being vice president of the First Priority Club, staff writer for the school newspaper, and member of Key Club and National Technical Honor Society. Jessica has completed nearly 300 hours of community service by volunteering in different organizations and participating in food drives, park and beach clean ups, feeding the homeless and making get well cards for cancer patients.

Emmanuel Osunlana of Davie
College Academy @ Broward College

Emmanuel Osunlana is a political science major and athlete.  He is captain of the lacrosse team and also holds the position of treasurer for National Honor Society. As an intern for the Common Knowledge Scholarship, he researched questions relating to bullying and the law. He will graduate with a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree in June. He will attend Amherst College.

Valentina Vargas of Davie
McFatter Technical High School

Valentina currently has a weighted 5.27 GPA and has received numerous academic awards and honors. She has completed more than 700 community service hours by giving her time and energy to local schools, hospitals and the community at large. Valentina will attend the University of Miami as a biology/pre-medical major.

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States, the second largest in the state of Florida and the largest fully accredited K-12 and adult school district in the nation. BCPS has over 260,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 229 schools and education centers and 94 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 204 different countries and speak 130 different languages. For more information about BCPS, visit (browardschools.com), follow us on Twitter (@Browardschools) and like us on Facebook @ (facebook.com/browardschools).