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Gates Millennium Scholars
1805 7th Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20001
(877) 690-4677

The GMS 2015 Application is now closed.

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program staff now begins the next phase of the work to select 1,000 extraordinary young people, each who will receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any U.S. based, accredited college or university of their choice.

Applicants will be notified in mid-March 2015 to log back into the system and check the status of their application. 
If an applicant is selected as a finalist, s/he will need to submit several documents to verify eligibility, including but not limited to: an official high school transcript, the FAFSA's Student Aid Report, and an acceptance letter to any college or university to which a student is admitted.

In mid-April 2015, all finalists will receive written correspondence about the final outcome of their application. 

The 2016 GMS Online Application will open in August 2015. 


Listen to the GMS Class of 2013 stories of Nana Amoah (Starrs Mill High School in Fayetteville, GA) and Alec Lepe (North Salinas High School in Salinas, CA).

Please always refer to this site for official GMS information and timelines (including the application deadline).

Our program is more than a scholarship—it’s an opportunity to change your life! Just ask Deonte Bridges how much the GMS scholarship means to him. 

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.

Program Accomplishment:

  • Funding more than 17,000 Gates Millennium Scholars since the inception of the program
  • GMS has awarded over $845,713,056 in scholarships between the 2000-2014 academic years
  • The average award was $12,492 between the 2001-2014 academic years
  • The average first-year undergraduate student retention rate is 97.9% among Gates Scholars; the average second-year rate is 96%
  • The GMS five-year graduation rate is 82.8% and the six-year graduation rate is over 87.8%
  • Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Gates Millennium Scholars transition into graduate school; 14% into a GMS-funded field and 14% into GMS-unfunded fields
  • Gates Millennium Scholars enrolled in over than 1,865 colleges and universities
  • Over 11,170 Gates Millennium Scholars completed a degree since the program's inception


The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) administers the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program. To reach, coordinate and support the constituent groups, UNCF has partnered with the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund to assist in implementing the program.

The GMS Advisory Council has seven members:

  • Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Tommy Preston, Jr., Esq., Associate at Nexsen Pruet, LLC
  • Dr. Karl Reid, Senior Vice President of Academic Programs and Strategic Inititatives, UNCF
  • Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks, Associate Dean, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
  • Dr. Frank D. Sanchez, Vice Chancellor for Students Affairs at the City University of New York (CUNY)
  • Alvin Warren (Santa Clara Pueblo), Board Advisor and Consultant, Blue Stone Strategy Group
  • Yolanda Zepeda, Assistant Provost, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Ohio State University 

The GMS Program is more than just a scholarship. GMS offers Gates Millennium Scholars with ACademic Empowerment (ACE) services to encourage academic excellence; mentoring services for academic and personal development; and an online resource center that provides internship, fellowship and scholarship information.

Stay tuned here for future Gates Millennium Scholars initiatives.

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