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May 16, 2008

UMBC boasts three prestigious Gates Cambridge scholars


Two graduating seniors at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County are headed to England's University of Cambridge for an all-expenses-paid graduate degree courtesy of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, college officials announced.  

Simon Gray of South Africa, UMBC's 2008 valedictorian, will pursue a master's degree in chemical engineering, and physics major Phillip Graff (left) of New Jersey will study astrophysics at Cambridge. 

A third UMBC graduate, Ian Ralby, who won the selectived Gates Cambridge scholarship last year, received the award again this year, so that he can follow up a master's degree with a doctorate, college officials said.

Established in 2000 with a $210 million donation by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Cambridge scholarship is similar to the Rhodes Scholarship, which offers American students graduate opportunites at Oxford University.

About 100 students from around the world receive the award every year. This year, 45 U.S. citizens students were awarded scholarships. Among the American recipients this year were two others with Maryland connections: William Eucker of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, and Silver Spring's Jessica Shang, an engineering major at Harvard University.

Posted by Gadi Dechter at 11:24 AM | | Comments (1)


DATE: 05/22/08

TO: Simon Gray, Phillip Graff & Ian Ralby at UMBC:

Congratulations, Best Wishes and Good Luck!

I am a UMBC Student (Engineering & Computer Sciences Department: major: Engineering Management), who recently won in a Microsoft Lottery Sweepstakes, for the first time in my Life. I am looking for a ‘TEAM’ of Friends for help and support in UK. Please CONTACT me immediately. Thanks.

Lois Jane Lee

Phone: (410) 774 4224; (410) 202 8173; (410) 462 5349
Mailing Address: P O Box 4416, Baltimore, MD. 21223-0416, USA.

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