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14 students awarded Gates Millennium scholarships

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Public Schools officials say 14 students have each been awarded Gates Millennium Scholarships.

The scholarship program is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and selects 1,000 high school students from minority backgrounds annually to receive scholarships to fund their undergraduate education.

In a statement, schools Superintendent Erroll Davis says it's reassuring to see Atlanta students competing for prestigious academic awards despite the district's reputation suffering after 35 former educators were accused conspiring to cheat, conceal cheating or retaliate against whistleblowers.

Atlanta Public Schools is 1 of the largest school systems in the state and serves about 50,000 students.

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