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Lindale High School senior Bethany Williams has been named a finalist for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice, according to the program’s website. Williams is one of the elite few to be named a finalist of the approximately 20,000 students who apply for the program.

She will be notified in April if she is one of the final 1,000 students to receive the scholarship.

“I am very honored and so excited,” Williams said. “To be named a finalist of out of so many students is a huge honor. There is one more phase left and I am very hopeful that I am one of the final students selected.”

In addition to scholarships, Gates Millennium Scholars are provided with personal and professional development through leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.

Williams applied for the scholars program after receiving information from Lindale High School counselors. She plans to attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia where she will pursue a degree in Religious Studies and Health. She is involved in several extra-curricular activities at Lindale High School including Peer Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS), National Honor Society, and Prayer and Share. She has maintained one of the most rigorous course loads offered at LHS.

Williams is also active in her community. She is a youth leader at her church and a committee leader for The Connection, a Christian organization. She is also co-owner and co-founder of Kingdom Girl Enterprises. The business creates clothing to promote modesty and purity for teenage girls and also serves as a Christian outreach program.