Gates Millennium Scholarship

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program offers various programs and services that support student academic success, promotes the development of leadership skills, and prepares Scholars for professional careers.  See below to learn more about what’s currently available to current GMS Scholars and Alumni.

Note: The GMS Program is closed and no longer accepting new applicants.

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding low-income 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 they choose. 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. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence by providing thousands of outstanding students, who have significant financial need, the opportunity to reach their full potential.

    • GMS Academic Empowerment Services (ACE)

The GMS ACE staff provides academic support for Scholars and Alumni. The ACE advisors offer guidance on topics such as graduate school, academic majors, getting involved on campus, study skills, time management, wellness resources, internships and much more.

    • GMS Leadership Development Programs (LDP)

The GMS LDP staff offers various events, workshops, and activities that facilitate leadership, knowledge, and development of Gates Scholars and Alumni. For more information regarding GMS Leadership Development Programs, please visit the following sites:,, and

    • GMS Campus Engagement Managers (CEM)

The GMS Campus Engagement Managers (CEM) initiative was established in 2011 to provide additional Academic Empowerment & Leadership Development support to current Gates Scholars and Alumni. The position collaborates with administrators and higher education institutions for the retention and leadership development of Scholars and to provide additional advising, support, and resources. CEMs also work with institutions to develop summer and graduate opportunities and resources such as assistantships, internships, and fellowships.