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The Gates Millennium Scholarship


Funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GMS was established in 1999, as a twenty year commitment, to provide greater access and opportunity to higher education for outstanding students from underrepresented backgrounds. Each year, 1,000  are selected; 20,000 over the 20-year commitment. The program promotes academic excellence and encourages students to pursue and complete an undergraduate education in all discipline areas, and graduate education for those students pursuing studies in computer science, mathematics, life/physical science, engineering, education, public health, library science and/or information science. GMS supports its scholars in a variety of ways, including but not limited to, personal, leadership, and professional development opportunities, networking and mentorship opportunities, as well as financial and academic support to prepare scholars to be the next leaders in their professions and communities.

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum GPA:
3.3 on 4.0 scale

African American, American Indian-Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American

Residency Status:
U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Foreign National

Academic Classification:
High school senior, GED recipient, or high school graduate entering an accredited college for the first time, as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student

Financial Need:
Must meet Pell Grant eligibility criteria

The 2015 GMS Online Application is Open! Click GMS Application to register and apply. The deadline is January 13, 2016 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).

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