GATES FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP RECEIPIENT SPEAKS AT CEREMONY.
Gates Millennium Scholars Program award recipient Brandy Rutledge (L), a 23-year-old PHD candidate at the Virginia Commonwealth University, speaks during a ceremony at the Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle while Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates listen, June 8. Twenty of the approximately 4,000 students who have been chosen to receive scholarships were present at the ceremony. This is the Gates Foundation's inaugural class of a 20-year, $1 billion initiative aimed at giving scholarships to hardworking, high-achieving students from low income minority families. apb/Photo by Anthony P.