Huron Rising Scholar named Gates Millennium Finalist

Huron senior Abraham Fasina and counselor Brad Jackson
Huron senior Abraham Fasina and counselor Brad Jackson

Abraham Fasina is a 17-year-old Huron senior, a Rising Scholar an immigrant from Nigeria. He is also a finalist for this year’s Gates Millennium Scholarship.

Abraham, whose nickname is Ayo, was nominated for the scholarship by Huron counselors Brad Jackson and Denise Eaddy-Richardson. He is just one of 1,000 finalists nationwide who are still in the running for a scholarship to any accredited college or university of their choice. Winners also have access to professional development and academic resources during their studies. 

This year’s Gates Millennium Scholars will be announced this month. Regardless if he wins or not, Ayo hopes to attend the University of Michigan for degrees in computer science and computer engineering.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program was established in 1999 and initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The scholarship provides support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid, graduate school funding for continuing Gates Millennium scholars and leadership development programs. Since the program’s inception, it has distributed over $614 million in scholarships.

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