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Edison Student Receives Gates Millennium Scholarship
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 3:45 PM

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Congratulations to Chue Lor for being one of the 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars recipients for the GMS Class of 2014. There were over 52,000 students who applied for this scholarship, making this year one of the most competitive candidate groups in the program’s history. 
Lor contributes his academic and leadership success to several factors: Edison’s college preparatory programs such as College in the Schools (CIS), College Possible, and the International Baccalaureate Programme. “Being at Edison and taking CIS classes really sharpened my writing and communication skills. This made writing college essays and scholarship essays much easier. I was able to express myself in a purposeful way,” said Lor.  “Also, the teachers genuinely take an interest in your success and are willing to help students outside of class times.”  
  
Currently, Lor is enrolled as a full-time student in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program and attends the University of Minnesota. Lor continues to be actively involved with Edison by speaking to current students about the PSEO program, college application process, scholarship opportunities and how to succeed in college.

Lor is passionate about giving back to the community and has over 150 volunteer hours through his involvement with several community service projects such as: Weep it and Reap, Meals on Wheels and assisting Junior Achievement students in selling and promoting their product in which they placed first at regionals. Lor has also volunteered at several Edison events such as open houses and theater productions.  Recently he has helped English Language Learner students with their resumes. “I think my most prominent leadership role is being a role model for younger students and my siblings,” said Lor. 

In addition to volunteering, Lor joined the Edison’s wrestling, debate, and golf teams. He was also a member of the National Honor Society.  “The smaller class sizes and personalized education has given me the advantage of learning and exploring new things,” said Lor.

Lor plans on attending Carleton College in the fall to pursue a double major in English and Political Science and will be the first person in his family to attend a four year college right after high school.