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  Aranh Pen Receives "Gates Millennium Scholarship"

  Posted July 19, 2000

          HOLLAND -- Aranh Pen, a Hope College junior from
  Holland, has received a Gates Millennium Scholarship for the
  2000-01 academic year.
          The Gates Millennium Scholars Program is designed
  to expand access to higher education for minority students.
  The program is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  and administered by the United Negro College Fund in
  partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the
  American Indian College Fund.
          The program, which is in its first year, has named
  approximately 4,000 scholarship recipients from among more
  than 62,000 nominations.  The merit-based scholarships cover
  the recipients' remaining costs after their colleges and
  universities award financial aid packages.
          To be eligible for nomination, students must have
  at least a 3.3 grade point average; be accepted or enrolled
  full-time in an accredited four-year undergraduate program
  or enrolled in a graduate program in mathematics, science,
  engineering, education or library science; demonstrate
  leadership skills and community involvement; and show
  significant financial need.  The scholarships are renewable
  annually.
          Pen is a chemistry major at Hope.  This spring,
  she was named a "Beckman Scholar" at Hope, receiving support
  to conduct research full-time during the summers of 2000 and
  2001, and part-time during the 2000-01 school year.  The
  funding is through the "Beckman Scholars Program
  Institutional Award" that Hope received earlier this year
  from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation of Irvine,
  Calif.
          She has been conducting research in the laboratory
  of Dr. Nicole Bennett, assistant professor of chemistry,
  since the spring semester of her freshman year.  The
  research is investigating the synthesis of analogues to
  taxol, an anti-cancer drug.
          Pen is the daughter of Sokhoeun and Kim Pen of
  Holland.  She is a 1998 graduate of Holland High School.
          The Gates Millennium Scholars Program is funded
  through a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates
  Foundation.  The program will run for 20 years, naming 1,000
  new recipients in each new year to sponsor about 4,000
  Millennium Scholars at any point during the program's two-
  decade run.
          The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is located in
  Seattle, Wash.  In addition to the Gates Millennium Scholars
  Initiative, significant foundation projects include:  the
  Bill & Melinda Gates Children's Vaccine Program, a $100
  million commitment to speed the delivery of lifesaving
  vaccines to children in developing countries; the Maternal
  Mortality Reduction Program, a $50 million commitment to
  prevent pregnancy-related deaths of women in developing
  countries; and the Gates Library Initiative, a major effort
  to help close the "digital divide" by bringing Internet
  access to libraries in the poorest communities in Canada and
  the United States.
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