Wed., May 1, 2013 2:21pm (EDT)

3 Macon Students Win $250,000 Scholarships
By Leah Fleming
Updated: 11 months ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
From left to right: Ashley Washington, Kenya Andrews, and Christine Okaro celebrate outside Central High School in Macon.
From left to right: Ashley Washington, Kenya Andrews, and Christine Okaro celebrate outside Central High School in Macon.
Scholarship lightning has struck several high schools in Georgia. The Gates Millennium Scholars program has awarded a quarter million dollars each to 88 students across the state.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has a lot of money. One way he's chosen to share the wealth is through this scholars program which he says will develop leaders for America’s future.

That appears to be true in Macon. Three seniors from the same high school are not only celebrating the news that their educations will be fully paid for, but they are planning for the future.

Christina Okaru is a senior at Central High School and in the international baccalaureate program. Ashley Washington, also a senior at Central, says she will attend Brown University in Providence RI and plans to study biology and Spanish to hopefully become a bilingual neonatologist. Kenya Andrews, also a senior at Central plans to be a computer engineer and study at Spelman College in Atlanta.

The program is funded by a 1.6 billion dollar grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It covers undergraduate education for 1-thousand minority students from across the country with financial need.

Among the three Central High seniors celebrating are five students from Newton High in Covington, four at Lovejoy High in Jonesboro, and a host of others from Atlanta and other cities in Georgia.