Scholarship Opportunity: Gates Millennium Scholars Program

October 23, 2008

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS) applications are now available on line for students who will begin college in the fall of 2009. Paper versions are also available.

Initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the GMS was established in 1999 to provide outstanding, low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence by providing thousands of outstanding students, who have significant financial need, the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they:
·         Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American
·         Are a citizen, or a national or legal permanent resident of the United States
·         Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED
·         Will be enrolling for the first time at a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking, first year student in fall 2009
·         Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities
·         Meet the federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria
·         Have completed and submitted all three required forms (Nominee Personal Information Form, Nominator Form, and Recommender Form) by the deadline
Scholarship applications must be submitted on line by Monday, January 12, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. EST or, in the case of a paper application, postmarked on or before January 12, 2009. 
If you have questions or need further assistance, send an email to or call 866-274-4677, ext.104. You may also contact Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, PhD Student/Dept. of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley at    
For more information and/or to apply, visit the Gates Millennium Scholars Program website at