Gates Millennium Scholars

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS) was created by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to provide African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic- American students the opportunity to complete undergraduate education in any area of study.

The scholarship is also available to continuing Gates Millennium Scholars pursuing a graduate degree in mathematics, computer science, library science, public health, science, education, and engineering.

Scholarship amounts vary as the award covers a student’s unmet need and self-help aid.

This program works in partnership with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (AIGCS), and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF).

For more information, please visit their website, or they can be reached by phone at 1.877.690.GMSP (4677).

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be of African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American descent
  • A citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED
  • Will enroll for the first time at a U.S. located, accredited college or university (with the exception of students concurrently pursuing a high school diploma) in the fall of 2015 as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student.  First-time college enrollees can also be GED recipients.
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities
  • Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria (see below)
  • Have completed and submitted all 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

Scholarship Amount: Amounts vary as the award covers a student’s unmet need and self-help aid.

Recipients Selected Annually: 1,000

Deadline: January 15, 2015


Pell Grant Eligibility:

If selected as GMS finalists, students must demonstrate eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant Program as part of their financial aid package for the 2015 academic year. Students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are urged to file a 2015-2016 FAFSA at their earliest opportunity. The 2015-2016 FAFSA form will be available January 1, 2015 at  Federal Pell Grants typically are awarded to families that demonstrate significant financial need. Eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant is a function of many factors, including dependency status, family income, family size and the number of students in the family.