We wanted an opportunity share with you some of the great accomplishments of our Scholar  as they continue to grow in their academics and careers. This page features our Scholars in the News, a gallery of our Scholars in Action  and a mini series of My Stories where you can hear directly to journey to becoming a Gates Millennium Scholar. Enjoy!  

Ciearra Jefferson

Ciearra Jefferson

Cohort Year: 2012

Major: Communication

Institution: Howard University

In President Obama’s speech at the Howard University Commencement on Saturday, May 8, 2016 he named a student, Ciearra Jefferson, who is a Gates Millennium Scholar as an example of why he has hope for the future.  See the story here: http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/14914/the_ultimate_shout...


Malcolm Rashid

Our Scholars come from all over the country with various backgrounds and cultures. Take a peak into their world as they share their story in the journey of becoming a Gates Millennium Scholar.

Malcolm Rashid

Cohort Year: 2016

Major: Computer Software and Media Applications

Institution: University of California-Santa Barbara

Dr. Constance Iloh

Honored as Forbes 30 under 30 and headlined as a “Higher Ed Powerhouse” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Dr. Constance Iloh is an education scholar committed to advancing understanding of the changing landscape of postsecondary education and its impact on underrepresented students.

To learn more about Dr. Iloh visit http://www.constanceiloh.com/

Frank Waln

Frank Waln is an award winning Sicangu Lakota Hip Hop artist, producer, and performer from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Waln’s has received three Native American Music Awards, honored as a 2014 Native American 40 Under 40 by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development and received the 2014 Chicago Mayor’s Award for Civic Engagement.

To more about Frank and his work visit http://frankwaln.com/

We’ve Been Busy

The GMS Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Program is a service-learning program that provides Gates Scholars with an opportunity to explore social issues through meaningful service, education and community empowerment. The experience aims to assist scholars with development of a global perspective by promoting leadership, critical thinking, social action and community involvement.