(Hinesville, GA) Bradwell Institute senior, Katherine Holandez-Lopez, was recently named a member of The Gates Scholarship Class of 2020 according to a press release from the Liberty County School System received Friday.
Katherine was one of only 300 Scholars chosen from a pool of over 36,500 applicants from across the nation, all of whom represent the pinnacle of academic achievement, service, and commitment. This prestigious scholarship program, sponsored by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, covers the full cost of attendance not already covered by other financial aid and enables high-potential students to excel in their course work, graduate college, and continue to be leaders throughout their lives.
“We are so proud of Katherine. She is an exceptional young lady who is very deserving of this prestigious scholarship. As we celebrate Katherine, we must also recognize those who have taught, guided and encouraged her along the way to include her parents and family, as well as her Liberty County School System teachers, support staff, and administrators. We know she will accomplish great things and are looking forward to seeing what her future brings,” said Dr. Franklin Perry, Superintendent of Schools
In addition to funding undergraduate education, The Gates Scholarship provides the resources to help students hone their leadership skills, prepare for professional life, and start building an enduring network of fellow scholars. Gates Scholars have access to a range of support services including mentoring, leadership development, wellness, career guidance, and internship/job opportunities. Support is provided to Gates Scholars by engaging with them and their institutions in a variety of ways to ensure they have access to the resources and services they need from their first to last day of classes, through graduation, and as they transition to their chosen careers.
Holandez-Lopez was recently named the 2020 STAR Student for Liberty County. The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia’s highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.
The Bradwell senior was also selected as one of Liberty Life Magazine’s Top 12 Shining Seniors in the March 2020 magazine issue.