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Loyola student named Gates Millennium Scholar

Loyola press release - June 23, 2000

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans classical studies student, Brent Hernandez of New Orleans, Louisiana, was recently named a Gates Millennium Scholar. The scholarship is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and provides financial assistance to high-achieving minority students who are in severe financial need and otherwise would be excluded from higher education.

This year, Hernandez has also received Loyola’s Jesuit Student of the Month Award, the Lilly Endowment/Hispanic Scholarship, and was named to the university’s dean’s list. He is vice-president of Eta Sigma Phi Honor Society, and chairman of the Redemption After School Program, where he serves as a mentor and tutor to children between the ages of seven and nine. Hernandez is a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School. He was nominated for this scholarship by the faculty of Loyola.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship is administered by the United Negro College Fund, with the support and participation of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the American Indian College Fund, and the Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee.

Based on the heritage of Catholic higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. Today, the university serves approximately 5,550 undergraduate and graduate students. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Visit Loyola University New Orleans on the World Wide Web at http://www.loyno.edu