Two Butte College Connection students have been selected as 2011 Gates Millennium Scholars.
Kue Chang and Treng Yang, both Oroville High School seniors who are spending their final year of high school in the College Connection program, are ranked among the Top 10 students of their graduating class.
“Needless to say, I am thrilled for these deserving young men,’ said Julie Decker, Butte College’s College Connection Adviser.
Chang and Yang are both in the process of deciding where they continue their educations. Chang has his sights set on University of California, Berkeley or Stanford University while Yang has been accepted into the University of California, San Diego and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Since 2004, 10 Butte College Connection students have been honored as Gates Millennium Scholars.
As scholarship awardees Chang and Yang will be provided with a full “good-through-graduation” funding for the cost of their education and personal and professional development opportunities through the gates Millennium leadership and academic support programs. Should either student choose to continue on to graduate school for degrees in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science their Gates Millennium Scholarship will continue to provide funding.
The goal of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, established in 1999 through a $1 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential.