Eight Willamette Students Receive Gates Millennium Scholarship

Out of the 4,000 students chosen to receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship, eight were from Willamette University:

  • Crystal Roberts, '04, an incoming freshman from Portland, OR.
  • Jason Buffington, '04, an incoming freshman from Onalaska, WA.
  • Diana Cedeno, '04, an incoming freshman from Anchorage, AK.
  • Servando Osorio, '04 an incoming freshman from Reedsport, OR.
  • Julidang K. Chue, '02, a junior from Tacoma, WA.
  • Johnny Lake, '01, a senior from Salem, OR.
  • Johnny Vong, '02, a junior from Upland, CA.
  • Kinnarone Manipakone, '03, a sophomore from South Bend, WA.

More than 62,000 high-achieving students were nominated for the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program. The GMS provides merit-based scholarships that cover the remaining college costs minority students face after universities award financial aid packages.

To be eligible for nomination, students must:

  • Have a minimum cumulative 3.3 g.p.a.
  • Be African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific American or Hispanic citizens/permanent residents of the United States.
  • Be accepted into or enrolled full-time in an accredited four-year undergraduate degree program or accepted or enrolled in a graduate degree program in mathematics, science, engineering, education or library science for the 2000-2001 academic year.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and community involvement.
  • Show significant financial need.

The program, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates, plans to induct 1,000 new scholars each year during the program's 20-year span.