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Six graduating Prince George’s County public school seniors have been awarded scholarships through the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

The students were among 1,000 students selected nationwide for the honor, according to the program’s website.

Founded in 1999 with a $1 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the program awards talented students with a “good through graduation” scholarship to use at the college or university of their choice.

The goal of the program is to provide outstanding minority students with significant financial need the opportunity to reach their highest potential, according to the website.

County school system recipients are Boateng Kubi and Veronica Handunge of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Yoland Pokam Tchuisseu of High Point High School in Beltsville, Lavell Nero of Oxon Hill High School, Victoria Mason of Potomac High School in Oxon Hill and Divesh Rizal of Parkdale High School in Riverdale.

“Congratulations to these outstanding students who have earned this prestigious honor,” Alvin L. Crawley, PGCPS interim superintendent of schools, said in a statement. “This scholarship allows our students to earn a bachelor’s, master’s and a doctorate degree. Their accomplishments are to be applauded and I wish them continued success as they embark on a new academic journey.”