Gates Millennium Scholars Program

In 2001, American Indian Graduate Center Scholars was selected as one of the four partner organizations for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program by UNCF, the program administrator. Collectively, American Indian Graduate Center Scholars, Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF),  Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) have provided scholarship opportunities and support to 20,000 students from low-income backgrounds.

There are 2,715 outstanding American Indian and Alaska Native students from federal and state recognized Tribes throughout the United Stated that have been awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship and supported throughout their educational journey by American Indian Graduate Center Scholars.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding low-income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose. Continuing Gates Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence by providing thousands of outstanding students, who have significant financial need, the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The class of 2016 was the final cohort of Gates Millennium Scholars, as the program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation met its goal of selecting 20,000 students from low-income backgrounds.

For more information about the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, please contact American Indian Graduate Center Scholars at 1-866-884-7007 or email us at