Partner Organizations

United Negro College Fund

UNCF- the United Negro College Fund is the administrator of the Gates Millennium Scholar Program. The partnership with UNCF the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was established in 1999, as a 1.6 billion dollar initiative funded grant.

For more than seven decades, A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® has remained at the heart of UNCF, enabling them to help more than 430,000 students and counting not just attend college, but thrive, graduate and become leaders.

The approach to do this work is done in three ways: By awarding more than 10,000 students scholarships, worth more than $100 million, each year. By providing financial support to 37 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). And by serving as the nation’s leading advocate for the importance of minority education and community engagement.

This three-pronged approach is powerful: Since our founding in 1944, we’ve helped to more than double the number of minorities attending college. The six-year graduation rate for UNCF African American scholarship recipients is 70 percent. This is 11 percentage points higher than the national average and 31 percentage points higher than the national average for all African Americans.

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American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (AIGCS)

American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (AIGCS) was created in 2001 to partner in the administration of the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program. AIGCS is the American Indian and Alaska Native representative, performing outreach to qualified applicants, assisting in the execution and completion of GMS application and selection process, disbursing awards and providing student services to Gate Millennium Scholars, within the policies and metrics of the GMS Program. AIGCS is an associate of American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), which was established in 1969 to build, promote and honor self-sustaining American Indian and Alaska Native communities through education and leadership. The founders’ vision of American Indian college graduates pursuing masters, doctoral and professional degrees in all fields of study has yielded over 15,000 scholarships totaling over $44 million. AIGC is the oldest and largest national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students.

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Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)

Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation’s largest non-profit provider of college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). APIASF creates opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after post-secondary education; thereby developing future leaders who will excel in their careers, serve as role models in their communities, and will ultimately contribute to a more vibrant America. Since 2003, APIASF has distributed nearly $90 million in scholarships to AAPI students across the country and in the Pacific Islands. APIASF manages three scholarship programs: APIASF’s general scholarship, the APIASF Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander – Serving Institutions scholarship program and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Latino students, as well as related support services. HSF seeks to give students all the tools they need to apply to college, do well in their course work, graduate, enter a profession, excel, help lead our nation going forward, and mentor the generations to come.

As the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic American higher education, HSF has awarded over $430 million in scholarships and provides a range of ancillary programs for students, scholars, and their families. HSF further strives to make college education a top priority for every Latino family across the nation and to mobilize our community to proactively advance that goal – each individual, over a lifetime, in every way he/she can.

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