Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Promoting Academic Excellence + Providing Opportunities + Reducing Financial Barriers

For 20,000 outstanding students of color.

About Us

The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding Pell Grant eligible students of color to reach their fullest potential.

Our Scholars

Our Scholars are the best and brightest in the country. To find out more about them and where they are in the world, click on the Read More tab below.


GMS is tremendously successful because of our collaborative efforts with our partner organizations. Click below to meet them.


The GMSAA is represented nation-wide by the GMS Alumni Advisory Council composed of an Executive Committee and Regional Advisors.

The Reason For The Gates Millennium Scholars Program

The increasing diversity of our society reminds us that all of America’s citizens must have access to opportunity for higher education if our nation is to sustain and advance itself as a global, competitive democracy in the new millennium. The future of our nation’s economy, democracy, and quality of life is dependent upon the preparation of a diverse cadre of leaders who will help build a stronger society. These potential leaders, drawn from groups that have traditionally and historically been denied access to higher education, must receive the support needed to negotiate the pathway to completing a college education.

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. Continuing Gates Millennium 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.

In Awarded Scholarships from 2000-2018
The average award between 2000 – 2014 academic years
New Gates Millennium Scholars selected each year
Average 1st year undergraduate retention rate among Gates Scholars

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