FULTON — Tevin Simard, a senior at G. Ray Bodley High School, has been awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship. The program selects 1,000 students each year to receive an all-expenses paid scholarship to a four year college or university of their choosing.

Simard was also chosen for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program that provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in overseas immersion programs. He will stay with a host family for six-weeks in Jordan and learn Arabic.

The program curriculum is designed to facilitate, through immersion and intensive learning, the equivalent of one year of Arabic instruction at a U.S. university. With Ramadan beginning on June 29, Simard will be able to witness the holy month first-hand. He will also visit the ancient city of Petra and other historical sites.

Simard will attend Georgetown University in the fall, and leave for Jordan just before Fulton's graduation ceremony.

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