Michael L. Bates

Academic Advisor
(Cherokee)

American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar Program)

Michael joined AIGCS in May of 2015. He is a member of the Cherokee Nation based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Michael was awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS) in 2008. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Science Education from Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, OK) in 2012 and his Master of Education degree in School Administration, also from Northeastern State University, in 2015.

As Academic Advisor, Michael works with undergraduate and graduate Gates Scholars at institutions throughout the country. He is responsible for providing career and academic counsel, advising current and prospective scholars of scholarship requirements and responsibilities, and facilitating the resolution of academic and financial aid issues. He also accommodates students and scholars with testing strategies and writing skills, helps with the completion of scholarship applications, evaluates academic transcripts, and responds to academic inquiries, among other academic matters. Furthermore, Michael assists with outreach efforts by conducting GMS workshops throughout Indian country and providing overall program support to AIGCS/GMS programs.

Email Michael or call (505) 884-7007 ext. 108 (Toll Free at 1-866-884-7007).