Mary Williams Kelley Reed
THE GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARS PROGRAM—A PROGRAM OF UNCF—ANNOUNCES 1,000 NEW SCHOLARS FOR THE CLASS OF 2013
Washington, DC (April 26, 2013) – The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program – one of 400 scholarships administered by UNCF(United Negro College Fund), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization – announced today the selection of this year’s cohort of 1,000 new students. The GMS Program will award the Class of 2013 Gates Millennium Scholars good-through-graduation scholarships which can be used to pursue degrees in any undergraduate major at the accredited college or university of the recipients’ choice.
"Today more than ever it is important that our young people get the education they need, and that we need them to have in order to remain competitive in the 21st century. For the 20,000 young men and women who will attend college as Gates Millennium Scholars, the financial support, leadership training, mentoring and academic and social support they receive will enable them to become college graduates and our next generation of leaders," said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., president and CEO, UNCF. "We are grateful for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s support of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program because it is not only an investment in the futures of these students, but also in the country’s economic and social strength and competitiveness ."
Established in 1999 with the goal of developing Leaders for America’s Future™, the UNCF Gates Millennium Scholars Program is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The GMS Program is removing barriers to education for 20,000 high-performing, low-income students. Each year it enables 5,000 students to attend and graduate from 800 of the most selective private and public schools in the country, including Ivy League colleges, flagship state universities, UNCF member institutions and other minority serving institutions.
UNCF has partnered with the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (AIGCS), the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APAISF) to select and provide service to Gates Millennium Scholars.
The GMS Program provides recipients with leadership development opportunities, mentoring, academic and social support as well as financial support. The Program is known for its recipients' high graduation rates – a six-year rate of more than 86 percent (38 percent higher than the national graduation rates for all students) and comparable to the rates for students from high-income families. This year’s cohort represents 46 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories.
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 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 in any discipline they choose. Continuing Gates Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. 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.
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 38 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of college readiness and minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."® Learn more at www.UNCF.org.
2013 Press Release.pdf
Class of 2013 Gates Millennium Scholar by last name.pdf
Class of 2013 Gates Millennium Scholar by home state.pdf