ACU student receives millennium scholarship

For Immediate Release
Sept. 13, 2000


Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations
(915) 674-2692

Jamie Milstead, Media Relations Specialist
(915) 673-2620

Abilene Christian University senior Clifton Engle, physics engineering major from Abilene, is one of the first students to receive a Gates Millennium Scholarship provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Foundation seeks to increase the number of racial and ethnic groups enrolling in and completing undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The goal is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students to reach their fullest potential.

More than 62,000 high-achieving students were nominated for scholarships this year.

Engle was nominated by the Hispanic Scholarship Foundation and Dr. Michael Sadler, ACU professor of physics.

"Clifton shows unusual promise for a future career in any field," Sadler said. "I was pleased to nominate him for this scholarship."

Engle's tuition while an undergraduate student is paid for by this scholarship. If he chooses to attend a math or science graduate school, that too will be paid.

Gates scholars are eligible for scholarships if they demonstrate leadership abilities through community service, extracurricular or other activities; qualify for financial need; maintain a grade point average of 3.3 or higher; and are African American, American Indian/Alaska native, Asian Pacific American or Hispanic.

The GMS Program was created last fall with a grant of private money from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program is administered by the United Negro College Fund, in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the American Indian College Fund.


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