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Gates Millennium Scholarship

What is the Gates Millennium?

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. Gates Millennium Scholars are provided with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.  The GMS, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1billion grant from Bill and Melinda Gates.

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Why Gates Millennium?

The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential by:
  • Reducing financial barriers for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need;
  • Increasing the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences, where these groups are severely underrepresented;
  • Developing a diversified cadre of future leaders for America by facilitating successful completion of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; and
  • Providing seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs, for students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars entering target disciplines.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Minimum 3.3 GPA
  2. Ethnicity: African American, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American
  3. Residency Status: U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident/Foreign National

The Application Process:

Students who meet the eligibility requirements can apply for the GMSP in the Fall of their Senior year.  There are three required forms: the student’s application (Nominee Personal Information Form), an evaluation of the student’s academic record (Nominator Form) and an evaluation of the student’s community service and leadership activities (Recommender Form) by the deadline in September. 

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Previous Winners:

 Student Class Year
Hugh Weh2015University of Pennsylvania
Yordanos Goshu    2014Cornell University
Brittany Hughes
2012Pomona College