2 from Duval Schools Named Gates Scholarship Honorees; Program, Begun in 1999, Offers College Education to Minority Students Who Excel

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Byline: Amber Batteiger

Students from Lee and Terry Parker high schools have been selected from among 30,000 applicants to receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

Saudia Bardge of Lee and Rachel Nicole Rogers of Terry Parker were two of 1,000 students from throughout the country to receive the award, which gives them a scholarship to use at any college.

Bardge is a graduating junior with a 3.5 grade point average, according to a news release from Duval County Public Schools.

She excels in honors and advanced placement classes and is a member of the National Honor Society.

She also volunteers at Pinedale Elementary, Young Ladies with Destiny, Heartland Rehabilitation Center and the Clara White Mission.

"This scholarship is going to open up many doors for me," said Bardge, who plans to study biochemistry at the University of North Florida this summer and eventually become a neurosurgeon.

"Now I don't have to worry about cost being a factor, and I can do anything I want to do," she said. "It's an honor and a great privilege."

Rogers, a senior, is currently ranked second in her class with a GPA of 3. …