The Gates Millennium Scholars Program has selected this year’s 1,000 new students, including several from Louisiana, to receive good-through-graduation scholarships which can be used to pursue degrees in any undergraduate major at the accredited college or university of the recipients’ choice.

The new Louisiana recipients are Maresa Watson, of Baker and Scotlandville Magnet High School; Aaliyah Furqan, of Baton Rouge and Capitol High School; Dominique Scott, of Baton Rouge and Scotlandville Magnet High School; Marcus Soileau, of Elton and Elton High School; Brandon Dale, of Lafayette and Lafayette High School; Christopher Cormier, of Lafayette and Northside High School; Evan Bursey, of Monroe and Neville High School; and Karisma Price, of New Orleans and Lusher Charter School.

Established in 1999, the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Gates Millennium Scholars Program is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Hamilton Relay scholarship

Hamilton Relay, telecommunications relay and captioned telephone service provider for the state of Louisiana, has awarded a $500 college scholarship to Eldresha McKnight, a student of Broadmoor High School in Baton Rouge.

She was awarded the $500 Hamilton Relay Scholarship after completing an application and writing an essay under the topic of communication technology.

McKnight plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi this fall to study deaf education.

The Hamilton Relay Scholarship opportunity is available to high school seniors who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking. A recipient is selected within each of the states where Hamilton is the contracted service provider.

‘Game Plan’ scholarships

Students from St. Landry and Rapides parishes are the winners of the $1,500 grand prizes in Louisiana Education Loan Authority’s “What’s Your College Game Plan?” essay and video contest.

Macey Beauboeuf, of Pineville High School, won first place for her video describing her plan for college, and Caitlin Sellers, of Magnet Academy for Cultural Arts in Opelousas, won the essay contest.

The winning video and essay are available online on Lela’s Facebook page,

There were 13 videos and 125 essays submitted during the 60-day campaign.

Second-place videos and essays will each receive $1,000, and third-place winners will win $500. Runners-up in the video contest include Jalon Hall, of Denham Springs and Louisiana School for the Deaf, second place; and Haley Harrington, of Silliman Institute in St. Francisville, third place.

Runners-up in the essay contest include Nick Ringuette, of Riverside Academy in LaPlace, second place; and Imara Vaughn, of Lakeview High School in Campti, third place.

Lela also awarded $500 scholarships in random drawings to students who registered online or at one of the many financial aid workshops. Those winners include Kate Nugent, of LaSalle High School in Olla; Kristen Huntsberry, of Georgetown High School in Georgetown; Olivia Perego, of The Dunham School in Baton Rouge; Victoria Laboyteaux, of Springfield High School in Springfield; Katelyn Jones, of Bogalusa High School in Bogalusa; Elaina Smith, of Booker T. Washington High School in Shreveport; Caitlin Miller, of Ponchatoula High School in Ponchatoula; and Daniel Nguyen, of Eleanor McMain High School in New Orleans.

DAR Good Citizen awards

The Baton Rouge chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has presented Good Citizens awards to school winners Zoe Swarzenski, of Baton Rouge Magnet High School; Rachel Shirley, of Broadmoor High School; Thomas Karam, of Catholic High School; Peter Currier, of Parkview Baptist High School; Jordan Etheridge, of Runnels High School; and Haleigh Fabac, of Woodlawn High School.

Of those, Fabac, as the chapter winner, will go on to state competition.

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