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Dunbar senior wins Gates scholarship

A senior at Lexington's Paul Laurence Dunbar High School has won a Gates Millennium scholarship, which essentially will pay for her education all the way through a doctoral degree if she wants to go to school that long.

Jasmine Neal is one of 1,000 students, and one of five from Kentucky, who received word April 15 that they had become Gates Millennium Scholars.

It's the second straight year that a Dunbar student has won a Gates scholarship.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship program, initially founded by Bill and Melinda Gates, is aimed at minority students. The scholarships are highly coveted because they are open-ended.

Each scholarship covers the recipient's undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate education, at the school of the student's choice.

Jasmine is considering the University of Chicago and Stanford University, according to the Fayette County Public Schools.

Martika Clark, who graduated from Dunbar last year, won a Gates scholarship in 2008.