The goal of the GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential. The GMS includes:
1. Support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help,
2. Renewable awards for Gates Millennium Scholars maintaining satisfactory academic progress.
3. Graduate school funding for continuing Gates Millennium Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.
4.Leadership development programs with distinctive personal, academic and professional growth opportunities.
Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they 1: Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian Pacific Islander American** or Hispanic American 2: Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States 3: Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED 4: Will be enrolling for the first time at a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student in the fall 4:Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities5:Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria. 6: Have completed and submitted all three required forms (Nominee Personal Information form, Nominator form, and Recommender form) by the deadline