Chicago’s Harper High School has been in the news recently for both violence and the FLOTUS recent visit to the campus to talk about anti-violence.

Now, the school is in the news because two of its students, Deonte Tanner and Brittney Knight, are Harper High’s first Gates Millennium Scholars.

Each year, Gates Millennium Scholarship Program awards 1,000 students with “good-through-graduation” scholarships.


Deonte and Brittney will have tuition, room, and board paid for at the college of their choice. If they go to grad school in one of the disciplines Gates highlights, that will be paid for too—all the way through a doctoral degree.


One thousand needy minority students [SIC!!!!] are receiving the scholarship across the country this week; 54,000 applied.


Brittney said she found out during her shift at McDonald’s that she won the scholarship; paying for college had been a concern for her family.


Learn more about Deonte, Brittney, and Harper High School at WBEZ.


Congratulations to Brittney, Deonte, and the rest of the Gates Millennium Scholarship winners!