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Lake City High School senior first in district to receive Gates Millennium Scholarship

Mikayla Hanna received a letter informing her that she earned a scholarship that will pay her college expenses beginning with her undergraduate studies and continuing until she earns her doctorate. (Source: Florence County School District Three). Mikayla Hanna received a letter informing her that she earned a scholarship that will pay her college expenses beginning with her undergraduate studies and continuing until she earns her doctorate. (Source: Florence County School District Three).

LAKE CITY, SC (WMBF) - A Lake City High School senior is the first in her school district to earn the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

Monday, Mikayla Hanna received a letter informing her that she earned a scholarship that will pay her college expenses beginning with her undergraduate studies and continuing until she earns her doctorate, officials say. “I was most worried about the money for college,” Hanna said. “A lot of people stress out or drop out because of money and I won't have to worry about that,” she added.

The scholarship application required eight essays to be submitted. Hanna said the essays she submitted focused primarily on adversities she has faced in life, including the death of her mother when she was nine years old.

According to Florence County School District Three officials, Hanna is the first student in the school's district to receive the prestigious scholarship that is awarded to 1,000 students across the nation each year.

“I am so proud of Mikayla!” said assistant superintendent and superintendent-elect, Laura Hickson. “Our mission in Florence School District Three is to ensure our students are college and/or career ready, and the Lake City Graduation Initiative is one of the initiatives we have in place to ensure students, particularly students who are first generation college students, have the guidance for successfully attaining postsecondary pathways,” Hickson said.

Hanna will be attending the University of Maryland-Baltimore County to pursue a degree in biochemistry and she will focus on bio-fabrication.

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