Gates Millenium Scholarship

Apply for the Bill Gates Millenium Scholarship (GMS) for outstanding minority students. 1000 talented students will receive a GMS Millenium scholarship each year. The scholarship is targeted toward minorities with significant financial need who have high academic achievement and leadership potential. This is one of the best scholarship programs available!

Last updated on May 25 2017 by College Financial Aid Advice

Gates Millennium Scholarship

These Bill Gates scholarships for minorities are designed to increase the percent of minority students with college degrees in computer science, education, engineering, mathematics, library science, public health and sciences where they are typically under represented. The scholarship program will fund undergraduate degrees in any major, but the above listed majors are for graduate degree programs.

Students may qualify for a Millenium scholarship if they are:

African American

American Indian or Alaska Native

Asian Pacific Islander American

Hispanic American

Gates Scholarship Application

Application Deadline - Note: The 2017 application may not be available. Check their website, but there is some information that the program's last year is 2016, and it will be replaced with a new scholarship program in 2018. The application is typically available on August 1 each year, and closes in January the following year.

Award amount - 1000 students will receive a Gates Millenium Scholarship (GMS) good through their graduation at a college or university of the student's choice, providing the student maintains a GPA 3.0 or higher. The scholarship pays for tuition, fees, books and living expenses that are not already paid for as part of the students financial aid package for college. Note: recipients must be meet the Pell Grant Requirements , which places strict limits on income, making this a scholarship based upon financial need.

Scholarship Requirements

Be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American

US citizen or permanent resident

GPA 3.3 or better or earned a high school GED

Will enroll in college our university fall of 2016 as full-time first-year student seeking a college degree

Demonstrated leadership

Meet the Federal Pell Grant criteria for eligibility

Completed 3 required Gates Millenium Scholarship application forms:

Student Application Form

Nominator Form (independent evaluation of high school students academic record)

Recommender Form (independent evaluation of student's community service and leadership activities)

Submit Applications - Submit online application by the deadline in January.

Gates Millennium Scholarship Application website:

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