GMS Program Information


The Gates Millennium Scholars is a scholarship program funded by a $1.6 billion grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant is a twenty year commitment designed to fund the college education of twenty thousand high achieving minority students. This program is also designed to help develop a group of leaders that represent the ethnic diversity of America in the 21st century.

The Gates Millennium Scholar program is administered by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). To assist in the implementation of the program, the UNCF established partnerships with AIGC Scholars, Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF).

The application period runs from August to mid-January each year.


  • To reduce the financial barriers for African-American, Hispanic American, Native American/Alaskan Native and Asian & Pacific Islander American students with high academics and leadership promise who are at a significant economic disadvantage.
  • To increase the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of mathematics, science, engineering, education, information technology, public health and library science, where these groups are severely underrepresented.
  • To develop a diversified cadre of future leaders for America by facilitating successful completion of bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees.
  • To provide seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs for students entering target disciplines.

For additional Information please call AIGC Scholars toll-free at 1-866-884-7007 or visit