Gates Millennium Scholarship
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation | Application Deadline: January 15, 2017
Scholarship URL: http://www.gmsp.org/
If you are willing to serve as a nominator or recommender for deserving students, you can make a difference in their lives.
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.
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The GMS Scholarship Award Provides:
- Support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid;
- Renewable awards for Gates Millennium Scholars maintaining satisfactory academic progress;
- Graduate school funding for continuing Gates Millennium Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science;
- Leadership development programs with distinctive personal, academic and professional growth opportunities.
- GMS selected 1,000 new Scholars each year and we are now funding over 20,000 Gates Scholars since 2000.
- GMS has awarded $934,092,630 in scholarships between the 2000-2014 academic years.
- The average award was $12,785 between the 2001-2014 academic years.
- The average first-year undergraduate student retention rate is 96.2% (Active or deferment) among Gates Scholars; the average second-year rate is 93.2% (Active/Deferment).
- The GMS five-year graduation rate is 82.2% and the six-year graduation rate is over 86.9%.
- Nearly 50% percent (n=6281, 48.5%) of Gates Millennium Scholars transition into graduate school after earning a Bachelor’s degree; 60.6% into a GMS-funded field and 39.4% into GMS-unfunded fields.
- Gates Millennium Scholars have enrolled in 1,751 different colleges and universities.
- 12,959 Gates Millennium Scholars have completed a degree since the Program’s inception. 10,654 Scholars that started the program as freshmen have earned an undergraduate degree.
- Of the active entering Freshmen in the 2015 cohort, 40.9% (n=399) are attending highly selective colleges which admit one-third or fewer of their applicants. 51.1% (n=499) are attending colleges which admit 40% or fewer of their applicants. 58.7% (n=574) are attending colleges which admit less than half of their applicants
The GMS 2016 Application will open on . To be eligible for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program students must:
- Be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American/Pacific Islander or Hispanic American;
- Be Citizens, legal permanent residents or nationals of the United States;
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or earned a GED;
- Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities;
- Meet Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria;
- 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 as a full-time, degree seeking, first year student;
- Have completed and submitted their application by the deadline; and
- Have the following forms completed and submitted by the deadline on their behalf:
- A Nominator Form-an evaluation of the student's academic record, and;
- A Recommender Form- an evaluation of the student's community service and leadership activities.
The deadline for applications for the next class of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program will
be January 13, 2016.
Begin an online application today at https://scholarships.gmsp.org/Program/Details/0fb486dd-d32c-4a4f-a0c5-d911d7d89cb7