sergine-brutus_web.jpgPALM BEACH GARDENS — Sergine Brutus, the cadet commanding officer of the Palm Beach Gardens High School Navy JROTC program, has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar.

An estimated 23,000 students applied for the college scholarship this year and  1,000 students were selected.

The award can be used at a college or university of the recipients’ choice. It covers tuition, room, board and some college expenses.

It can also cover graduate study through a doctoral degree in seven academic disciplines.

In addition to financial assistance, Gates Millennium Scholars receive academic support, mentoring and leadership training.

Sergine will attend Emory University in the fall to study biomedical engineering, a field she has been passionate about for a number of years.

As battalion commander of her JROTC program, she is responsible for 225 freshmen through senior cadets at the high school.

She is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Black Student Union and has give more than 200 hours in community service.

“The Palm Beach Gardens High Navy JROTC family is extremely proud of Sergine,” said Naval Science Instructor Lawrence Patterson.  “Our motto is, ‘Always find a way to win and then continue to do so.’ Sergine did exactly that.”