Each year the Gates Millennium Scholars program selects 1,000 new, talented students to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at the U. S. college or university of their choosing. This year 150 American Indian and Alaska Native students, representing communities from coast to coast have been confirmed as Gates Millennium Scholars.
These elite students, all rising college freshmen, will join approximately 850 other American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduates, graduate and doctoral degree candidates who will receive scholarship support from the Gates Millennium Scholars program (GMS) in the 2013-2014 academic year.
The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) administers the GMS Program, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and partners with the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (AIGCS) to recruit, select and support American Indian and Alaska Native Gates Millennium Scholars. Other GMS partners are the Hispanic Scholarship Fund in Los Angeles and the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund in Washington DC
“Every year, we are witness to an ambitious and impressive community of undergraduate and graduate students seeking involvement in the prestigious GMS scholarship,” said Sam Deloria, Director of AIGC. “These students bring enthusiasm and energy to a rigorous application process and demonstrate the talent and acumen present in Indian Country.”
Established in 1999, the Gates Millennium Scholarship has become a highly competitive and successful program, and has funded more than 13,000 students of color to date in their pursuit of post-secondary degrees. The GMS program assists students not only by alleviating financial burdens, but also by offering academic support and mentoring services. The success of the program is proven by retention and graduation rates; the five-year retention rate for Gates Scholars is over 87 percent and the five-year graduation rate is nearly 80 percent.
To view the names of the AIGCS/GMS 2013 American Indian and Alaska Native Student Scholarship awardees, click AIGCS GMS 2013 Scholarship Awardees.