Get Money, Career and Academic Assistance with the Gates Millennium Scholarship!

Financing a college education can be one of the most difficult parts of earning a degree. However, each year an effort by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (yes! Microsoft’s Bill Gates!) called the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program picks 1,000 students to receive monetary support to cover unmet need (which is the cost of attendance minus the expected family contribution and all additional scholarships or grants from other sources) and self-help aid to use at any college or university of their choice, as well as leadership development assistance and academic support throughout college. For students considering graduate school, the GMS Program offers funding for schooling in computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.

In order to apply, you need:

  1. the actual student application (Nominee Personal Information Form)
  2. an educator’s evaluation of the student’s academic record (Nominator Form)
  3. an evaluation of the student’s community service and leadership activities (Recommender Form)

The nominator is the person who evaluates your academic record. This person must be a principal, teacher, guidance counselor, higher education representative or a professional educator. The recommender can be any adult who is familiar with your community service and leadership activities, such as a supervisor at work or a community leader. And yes, the nominator may also serve as the recommender if they are familiar with your community service and leadership activities.

In order to qualify for the GMS Program, you must

  1. be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American
  2. be 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. be preparing to enroll for the first time at a U.S.-located, accredited college or university (with the exception of students concurrently pursuing a high school diploma) in the fall of 2013 as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student. First-time college enrollees can also be GED recipients.
  5. have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities
  6. meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria

Applications are due Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 at midnight EST online only. Click here for a look at the actual application!