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Pitts Named Gates Millennium Scholar

Thursday, September 18, 2003

SPARTANBURG, SC – Roosevelt “B.J.” Pitts ’07 of Jonesville, SC, has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar.

Pitts, who attended Jonesville High School, is the son of Roosevelt and Christanna Pitts. He is the second Wofford College student to have been selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar; Diana Jackson was selected in 2000.

The Gates Millennium Scholars program awards scholarships to 1,000 high-achieving students each year. The program, launched in September 1999, with a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is designed to reduce financial barriers and increase the number of African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students enrolling in and completing undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The United Negro College Fund is the administrator of the Gates Millennium Scholars program. To reach, coordinate and support the constituent groups, UNCF has partnered with the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the Organization of Chinese Americans.

As a freshman scholar, Pitts will attend a Gates Millennium Scholar Leadership Conference.