Bill Gives Big

Mr. Microsoft will send 20,000 minority students to college

The high-tech industry that's making people rich and fueling America's great economic surge is often criticized for the low numbers of minorities in its booming work force. All told, African Americans constitute only 7.2% of the nation's computer scientists; Hispanics, only 3.6%. Part of the reason, as Microsoft chairman Bill Gates can tell you, is that there are too few minorities with the education to fill those jobs. Gates and his wife Melinda addressed that problem last week, when they announced that their foundation will make the largest academic donation ever: $1 billion, which will be distributed over the next 20...

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