Greetings GMS Alumni,

Sara Barnett | GMS Alumni Association President

Congratulations, and welcome to the GMS Alumni Association!  This step marks your transition from GMS Scholar to GMS Alumni. Despite the obstacles you have faced, you achieved your dream of obtaining a college degree. For some, this is the just the first step of your postsecondary success, as many of you will go on to earn a master’s, or even doctoral degrees in your field of study.  Whether you choose to continue your education or focus on your professional career, we are proud of you! The Gates Millennium Scholars family, 20,000 strong in numbers, embraces your success.

Our selection as Gates Millennium Scholar was based on our commitment to academic excellence, community service, and leadership; the GMS Alumni Association is committed to continuing this legacy.  We provide opportunities for professional and leadership development, scholarly engagement, and community service through our National Volunteer Initiative and local chapter activities.  Our vision is to be the premier leadership and professional development network for all GMS Alumni.

As you celebrate your own success and move on to the next stage of your life, please remember your GMS family is still here to support you.  In fact, there are many ways in which you can stay connected and give back to your GMS Alumni family: engaging in the GMSA Online Community, serving as a member of the GMS Alumni Association Advisory Council; getting involved with the task groups and committee projects throughout the year; starting or participating in a local alumni chapter; and participating in our National Volunteer Initiative.

For more information, visit our website at gmsalumni.org or email alumni@gmsp.org.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn by searching @GMSAlumni.  Connect with other alumni in your region.  Introduce yourself in the Online Community and participate in online discussions.   Look for professional development opportunities and webinars on special topics.  Wherever your life path takes you, the GMS Alumni Association will be there.  Once again, congratulations on your achievements, and I look forward to connecting with you!


Sara Barnett, Muscogee (Creek)
GMS Class of 2001
GMS Alumni Association President