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Grace Fox
Grace Fox

During the 2018 Oklahoma teacher walkout, then 16-year old Edmond Memorial High School student Grace Fox was among a group of student advocates who took to the stage to express their support for teachers and education funding.

“It was exciting to use my voice as a student to interact with the legislators and my peers,” Fox recalled.

The exhilaration of that moment ignited a desire in Grace to further champion causes and groups she believes in — a calling she plans to pursue at New York’s Columbia University, where she has been awarded a full scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Gates Scholarship is for exceptional minority high school seniors, a news release stated. It covers tuition, room and board, opportunities to study abroad, internships, travel expenses, medical insurance and technology needs for up to five years. Of the 36,500 applicants, Fox is one of 300 across the nation to receive the award.

Fox plans to major in psychology, minor in viola performance and attend law school with the goal of becoming a civil rights lawyer and activist.

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