Windsor senior named scholar

Published 10:43 am Friday, May 4, 2012

WINDSOR—Windsor High School senior Maurica Bynum has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar.

Windsor High School Principal Michael Newman congratulates Maurica Bynum for receiving a Gates Millennium Scholarship as guidance counselor Melitta Brinkley looks on. -- SUBMITTED

The daughter of Maurice and Terry Bynum was among 1,000 to receive the scholarship, which will pay for her undergraduate and graduate studies; 24,000 applied to the program administered by the National Negro College Fund and initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Maurica plans to study accounting at Virginia Wesleyan College.

She was chosen because of her academic achievements, leadership skills and community service.

She maintains a 4.017 grade point average and received the William and Mary Leadership Award and the Windsor High School Coach’s Award for leadership, reliability and responsibility in basketball.

During her senior year, Maurica was captain of varsity basketball and track teams. She was selected to attend Girls State at Longwood University and participated in the Virginia Model General Assembly for three consecutive years.

She is a member of the BETA Club, Hi Y, Future Business Leaders of America and Distributive Education Clubs of America.

She is also active at Second Chance Christian Assembly, playing the guitar and the drums for church services. She serves on the praise team and for youth ministries.

Maurice is the granddaughter of Lauretta Barr of Franklin and the late Bishop Willie J. Bynum, Sarah Bynum and Nathan Barr Sr.