An Indianapolis teen has been awarded the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship.

Alex Dunlap, 16, who attends Broad Ripple High School, is one of only 1,000 students in the country to receive the honor. She’ll be graduating a year early in May. 

From ABC 6:

The scholarship — funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — covers a full ride to any college or university in the country, all the way through a doctoral degree if the recipient chooses.

“Oh, I was ecstatic,” she said. “I started crying, my mom started crying.”

Dunlap plans to pursue her passion for languages.

“I’m going to study Spanish, French and Chinese in college with a focus in Arabic, I’m going to pick that one up as well,” she said. “And after undergrad, I plan on attending law school.”

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Dunlap’s more than an awesome student. Her passion for community service has led her to teach Spanish to inner-city youth, and she plans to keep volunteering.

She also hopes to fight for the rights of children in foreign countries.


Congratulations Ms. Dunlap!

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