2016 Aberdeen High School graduate Cortez Standing Bear recently received a unique competitive scholarship funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Millennium Scholarship is only available to certain minority students, including Native Americans, and covers most unmet education costs for the recipients through graduate school. Only 1,000 students receive the scholarship annually nationwide, and 2016 represents the last year these scholarships will be available.
The scholarship is intended to increase minority representation in the fields of math, science or education. Ms. Standing Bear is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in southwestern South Dakota and she intends to attend Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota this fall. //