Brittney Stewart, a student at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar.
Stewart, of Keller, plans to major in health promotion and disease prevention and minor in cinema and Chinese at the University of Southern California this fall. Stewart's ultimate career goal is to become the first American director-general of the World Health Organization.
"I want to find new ways to use television and film to promote health and educate people," Stewart says. "I also want to work in China because I think what happens in that country will have a significant effect on the rest of the world."
The Gates Millennium Scholarship, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to promote academic excellence and to provide opportunities for outstanding minority students with financial need to attend college. The scholarship will pay for any unmet financial need for undergraduate and graduate school.
Stewart is a second-year student at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, a two-year residential program at UNT that allows talented high school students to earn their diplomas while completing their freshman and sophomore years of college. Stewart is the daughter of Frank Stewart and Connie Williams.
"I'm so thankful for TAMS and the challenges it has offered," Stewart says. "It has been so instrumental to my education and has prepared me for the next stage of my education."
Sarah Bahari with UNT News Service can be reached at Sarah.firstname.lastname@example.org.