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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2008


    May 29, 2008

    Jean Sullivian, May 29, 2008

    TOMS RIVER, NEW JERSEY- Brittany Santos, a senior at the Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) Performing Arts Academy has been named a 2008 Gates Millennium Scholar.

    The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The goal of the scholars program is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with financial need to reach their highest potential. The scholarship provides complete financial support for the cost of an undergraduate education in any discipline as well as funding for the pursuit of a master’s and doctorate degree in specific career majors.
    Brittany, of Toms River, was one of 13,000 applicants from across the country; 1,000 were selected through a comprehensive application process. The 22-page application, open to students of minority heritage who have earned a grade point average of 3.3 or better, involved eight lengthy essays plus numerous shorter essays. In addition, Brittany’s guidance counselor and teachers were required to submit lengthy documentation outlining her work ethic, intellect, leadership abilities, goals and community service contributions.

    Brittany is a vocal major at the Performing Arts Academy and has an extensive resume of musical and theatrical productions. The Performing Arts Academy is a four-year public high school administered by Ocean County Vocational Technical School district. The school is located in historic Hangar One at the Navy Lakehurst Engineering Station in Lakehurst, NJ. The academy is designed to provide performing arts curricula focused in dance, vocal music and acting along with a college preparatory academic program. The school offers a unique, nurturing and challenging learning experience for students living in Ocean County who are gifted in the performing arts.

    At a recent OCVTS Student Awards Ceremony, OCVTS Board of Education President Nina Anuario commented, “Brittany is a very talented young woman and I know she will make the most of this incredible opportunity. Her dedication to her academics and her devotion to the performing arts is truly commendable.” Brittany will be attending Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University in the fall.

    For more information about the Gates Millennium Scholars Program visit www.gmsp.org. For more information about Ocean County Vocational Technical School and the Performing Arts Academy visit www.ocvts.org.

    Photo 1: Brittany Santos is congratulated by Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders Director and OCVTS Liaison Joseph H. Vicari at a recent OCVTS awards ceremony. Pictured from left to right are: Brittany’s mother Pat Santos, Brittany, Freeholder Vicari, OCVTS Board of Education President Nina Anuario and OCVTS Superintendent William P. Hoey.


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