Pittsburg High School Senior Awarded Gates Millennium Scholarship


High School Senior Brianna Davis has been awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship, a highly competitive reward that few scholars in California have received. This year, out of more than 53,000 applicants, only 1,000 total scholarships were awarded throughout the Nation by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“This scholarship means more to me than I can ever put into words; I actually cried when I found out, said Brianna Davis,” High School Senior at Pittsburg High School. “Now I have one less thing to worry about when I transition into college and that is life-changing.”

Davis’ hard work and determination made it possible for her to receive this prestigious honor. The Gates Millennium Scholarship is a scholarship that will cover all four years of Davis’ education at UCLA where she plans to major in English and minor in Theatre.

The application process for this highly selective scholarship was not easy. Among the rigorous requirements for the application process was the ability to wow judges with eight individual essays with a vast array of topics ranging from extraneous situations surrounding one’s life to describing your least favorite class.

“Brianna is a dynamic young woman who is very deserving of the Gates Millennium Scholarship,” said Jamie Keith, Teacher at Pittsburg High School. “I am so proud of her and beyond happy that she’s been acknowledged for her hard work by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.”

Besides carrying a 3.9 GPA, Davis is currently involved in the Black Student Union, Science Club, Thespian Society, and the Gay-Straight Alliance.

During the last semester of her senior year, she is juggling three AP classes, a part-time job, and found time to direct the one-act play, Lockdown.

“Brianna is a wonderful student and a wonderful example of a PHS Pirate,” said Makaela Huntsinger, Theatre Arts Teacher at Pittsburg High School. “She has a wonderful, bright future in front of her. She has a drive to be better that I find admirable. I just couldn’t be prouder of her.”

Pittsburg Unified School District applauds Ms. Davis for her academic achievements and commends the tenacity she has put forth to be selected for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

Information provided by the Pittsburg Unified School District


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