The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program, established in 1999, is a 1.6 billion dollar initiative funded by grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Goal:

The goal of the GMS program 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.
  • Providing seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs for students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars entering target disciplines.
  • 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
Neil Horikoshi
President & Executive Director

Elena Anderson
Vice President, Finance and Operations

Alaina Walton 
Director

Kalindi Doshi
Campus Engagement Manager

Melissa May
Program Manager

Louis Rosenbaum
Program Assistant

Leangelo Acuna
Program Assistant

Larry Griffith
Senior Vice President

Meredith Tatum
Senior Admin Assistant

Barry Nagle
Senior Research Associate

Outreach and Recruitment

Mary Williams
Director

Tanika Mangum
Relationship Manager

Marques Reed
Program Coordinator

Operations Department

Julie Kim 
Executive Director

Takunda Burutsa
Associate Business Analyst

Jay Kohn
Senior Relationship Manager

Damien Nugent
Senior Relationship Manager

Donna Pascua
Senior Relationship Manager

Tara Barr
Relationship Manager

Darius Mack 
Program Assistant

Brittany Goodman
Program Assistant

Leadership Development Staff

Kelvin Harris
Director

Stacey Lee
Events Manager

Melissa Jordan
Senior Relationship Manager

Correy Hudson 
Senior Relationship Manager for Alumni Relations

Aaron Stallworth
Campus Engagement Manager

Joakina Stone
Relationship Manager

Brandon Brown 
Program Coordinator

Shauntice McCorkle
Program Assistant

April Fryer 
Program Assistant

Angelique Albert
Executive Director

Joan Currier
Chief Operating Officer

Christa Moya
Director of Financial Aid & Student Services

Jinky Tenorio
Controller

Gabriel Bell
Campus Engagement Manager

Sara LaBarge
Academic Advisor

Michael Bates
Academic Advisor

James Gabbard
Accounting Assistant

Adele Begay
IT Assistant

Susan Duran
Executive Assistant

Jason Yazzie
Program Clerk

Lakota Coriz
Receptionist

Ricardo DeLeon
Chief Operating Officer

Rico Rivera
Sr. Director of Scholarships

Nicole Alonzo
Manager

 

Mireya Saldaña
Campus Engagement Manager

Mariela Rodas
Analyst

Tania Ramirez 
Program Coordinator

Jessica Adame 
Program Assistant

Cristina Magana
Program Assistant

Advisory Council

Youlonda Copeland-Morgan
Youlonda Copeland-MorganVice Provosts for Enrollment
UCLA
Curtiss Takada Rooks
Curtiss Takada RooksAssociate Dean
Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
Loyola Marymount University
Sara Barnett
Sara BarnettDirector, Center for Tribal Studies
Northeastern State University
Yolanda Zepeda
Yolanda ZepedaAssistant Provost
Ohio State University
Alvin Warren
Alvin WarrenProgram Officer for New Mexico Program
W.K. Kellogg
Frank Sanchez
Frank SanchezPresident
Rhode Island College