Dearborn resident named a Gates Scholar

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Marviana Youngblood – a Bronzeville Scholastic Institute student and resident of Dearborn Homes – was recently selected as one of the national recipients of the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

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Marviana Youngblood – a Bronzeville Scholastic Institute student and resident of Dearborn Homes – was recently selected as one of the national recipients of the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

The scholarship, created by technology icon Bill Gates for underprivileged students, will pay for Youngblood’s Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and PhD at the university of her choice.

"My mom actually cried; she said, ‘Oh my God!,’" Youngblood said upon hearing the news. "I knew she couldn’t afford it. I knew it was hard on her. That’s why I was working so hard to get it. I just hope that it pushes me through in enough time so that I can help her with her finances."

Youngblood will attend Howard University in Washington D.C. to pursue a

degree in international business. Her dream is to start her own business.

Youngblood knew she had to get a quick jump on her application for the prestigious and life-changing Gates Millennium Scholarship. Being the

meticulous student she is, Youngblood wanted to ensure plenty of time to edit and re-write the essay portion of the application.

With an application deadline of early January 2012, Youngblood started

writing answers to her eight essay questions in August 2011. In late November, the process became more intensive – with no less than 15 teachers and mentors offering their advice and insight. By the time the deadline arrived, Youngblood she was hoping she had something special.

As it turned out, she did.

"Marviana is the essence of what this scholarship is meant to do – help talented, brilliant people with the financing of their education," said Halleemah Nash, a Vice President for CHA. "CHA is proud of Marviana and her accomplishments, and excited for her bright future."

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