The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding 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 area of interest.

 

The program selects 1,000 talented students, each year, to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. Gates Millennium Scholars are provided with personal and professional development through leadership programs, along with academic support throughout their college career.

 

The GMS 2016 Application will open on August 1, 2015

 

Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they meet all of the following criteria:

 

 *   Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American

 *   Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States

 *   Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED

 *   Will 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 of 2016 as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student. First-time college enrollees can also be GED recipients.

 *   Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities

 *   Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria

 *   Have completed and submitted all three required forms: the student's application (Nominee Personal Information Form), an evaluation of the student's academic record (Nominator Form) and an evaluation of the student's community service and leadership activities (Recommender Form), by the January 13, 2016 deadline.

Application may be found at  https://www.gmsp.org/.

 

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