Topeka High Senior getting college help from Bill Gates

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TOPEKA (WIBW) -- A soon to be graduating senior at Topeka High, has caught the attention of Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

USD 501 reported Tuesday that Alexis Tibbits is this year's winner of the Gates Millenium Scholarship to advance to the next level of her education.

The scholarship will cover the costs as long as she's in college, and with her plans to become a doctor, the tab could cover a decade or more.

The Gates Millennium scholarship also provides for “leadership development programs with distinctive personal, academic and professional growth opportunities,”

To be eligible for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program students must: Be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American/Pacific Islander or Hispanic American;
Be Citizens, legal permanent residents or nationals of the United States; Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or earned a GED; Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities;
Meet Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria;
Enroll for the first time at a U.S. located , accredited college or university (with the exception of students concurrently pursuing a high school diploma) in the fall as a full-time, degree seeking, first year student.

Alexis attributes a lot of her success in earning the honor, to Topeka High's AVID program. Congratulations to our Good Kid this week!