In addition to receiving financial support from APIA Scholars, recipients also have access to
programs and services designed to support them as they pursue their college degree.



APIA Scholars offers a wide variety of programs and services to all APIA Scholarship recipients including, but not limited to the following:

    • Advising Coaching Empowering (ACE) Program

Scholarship recipients have access to focused advising and support throughout their college career. Led by APIA Scholars staff, ACE sessions are an opportunity to address concerns related to academic life, adjustment to college, or career exploration.

    • Jump Start College Tour

The Jump Start College Tour was developed in partnership with Wells Fargo to provide college planning, leadership training, financial education, and professional development tools and resources to students and their families. Hosted around the country, this day-long program partners with local college and university campuses to provide underserved APIA communities with important information to increase access to higher education.

    • Leadership Academy: ELEVATE

Empower Leader Engagement, Vision, & Advancement Through Education (ELEVATE). The Leadership Academy: ELEVATE prepares APIA students and graduates to successfully transition from college to career. Each Academy demystifies the connection between academic achievement and professional success by exploring the wide array of skills needed in a given industry. At the Leadership Academy: ELEVATE, students learn how to align their diverse skills with jobs in that industry, navigate APIA identity in the professions, and develop the leadership skills necessary to rise in the workplace.

    • myAPIAnetwork

myAPIAnetwork is an interactive resource that digitally connects APIA Scholars and Alumni with professional, regional, and national support systems designed to guide rising professionals into successful careers. Through myAPIAnetwork, APIA Scholars and our generous volunteer community share industry-specific insight through one-on-one E-mentorship, special regional and national events, and workforce opportunities with our growing network of Scholars and Alumni.

    • Scholar Mentoring + Access to Resources and Training (SMART)

SMART is a flexible online program designed to grow with our students as they transition from college to career. Powered through Mentoring Intelligence, SMART meets diverse student needs by providing access to an online community of mentors, monthly support emails tailored to students’ networking successes and challenges, and monthly webinars that empower student with the academic and professional knowledge to succeed in college and beyond.




The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program offers various programs and services that facilitate the academic success, graduate school acceptance, and leadership and professional development of GMS scholars. See below to learn more about what’s currently available to Gates Millennium Scholars and Alumni.

    • GMS Academic Empowerment Services (ACE)

The GMS ACE staff provides academic support for scholars and alumni. ACE advisors offer guidance on topics such as graduate school, academic resources, internships, professional development and much more. Advisors aim to support the holistic development of scholars and alumni.

On this webinar, a panel of scholars discussed their experiences serving in AmeriCorps, Teach for America, and Peace Corps. They explained how their service experiences impacted their graduate school education.


The GMS-APIA Scholars staff conducted webinars pertaining to each of the GMS graduate funded fields: Education, Public Health, Computer Science, Engineering, Library Science, Science, and Math. For each webinar, graduate scholars and alumni as well as graduate admissions representatives for each funded field shared their insights and answered questions about graduate school admissions and potential career paths.
Recordings of each webinar are available here:


    • GMS Leadership Development Programs (LDP)

The GMS LDP staff offers various conferences that facilitate leadership, knowledge and development of GMS scholars and alumni. These include opportunities to attend the National Conference on Race and Education (NCORE), American Library Association (ALA) conference, American Public Health Association (APHA) conference, and Institute for Teaching and Mentoring (ITM). Applications for each program are available in the months prior to the conference.

    • 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 CEMs collaborate 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. Please contact for information on how to contact the Campus Engagement Manager in your region.

For more information, please contact on any of these programs and services.