Introduction to the Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Introduction to the Gates Millennium Scholars Program www.gmsp.orgCreated by Phong Luu
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential.
GMS Eligibility Requirements• Be of African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American ethnicity as defined by U.S. Census.• Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. (Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply).• Will enroll in a U.S. accredited college or university as a full- time, degree-seeking, first-year student for the first time.• Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED.• Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria (determined by the FAFSA).
GMS: Application Process Complete Nominee Personal Information Form Available online at www.gmsp.org Request a Nominator A person familiar with your academic achievements. Relatives can NOT serve as a Nominator. Request a Recommender Any adult familiar with your community service and leadership activities. Relatives can NOT serve as a Recommender.
GMS: Application Process (cont.) Complete the FAFSA form Submit ALL nomination materials by the deadline Deadline: January 16, 2013 at 11:59pm EDT Late nomination materials will NOT be accepted
TO APPLY:1. Go to www.gmsp.org2. Click on “GMS Application”
TO APPLY (cont.): Your nominator and recommender3. Click on “Apply for can complete forms with questions This Scholarship” about your character, academic record, leadership and community service activities by clicking on "Write a Reference"
TO APPLY (cont.)5. Fill out your email information and click “Start Registration”
TO APPLY (cont.): 6. Begin to complete the information fields and click “Continue”
GMS APPLICATIONESSAY QUESTIONS & TIPSNOTE: 1000 WORD LIMIT PER ESSAY• Discuss the subjects in which you excel or have excelled. To what factors do you attribute your success?TIPS• It is OK to ask for help. Share the resources (i.e., programs, individuals) that supported you throughout your successes
GMS APPLICATIONESSAY QUESTIONS & TIPSNOTE: 1000 WORD LIMIT PER ESSAY• Discuss the subjects in which you had difficulty. What factors do you believe contributed to your difficulties? How have you dealt with them so they will not cause problems for you again? In what areas have you experienced the greatest improvement? What problem areas remain?TIPS• Don’t be hesitant to talk about mistakes you have made and obstacles you have overcome. Make sure to include what you learned from those experiences and how they have impacted you since.• If you feel you there are still personal challenges ahead (academically, personally, socially, etc.), explain why.
GMS APPLICATIONESSAY QUESTIONS & TIPSNOTE: 1000 WORD LIMIT PER ESSAY• Briefly describe a situation in which you felt you or others were treated unfairly or were not given an opportunity you felt you deserved. Why do you think this happened? How did you respond? Did the situation improve as a result of your response?TIPS• When you share obstacles that you have overcome, it is important to share what you learned about yourself throughout the process, and how it is going to shape your decisions and perspective as you move forward.
GMS APPLICATIONESSAY QUESTIONS & TIPSNOTE: 1000 WORD LIMIT PER ESSAY• Discuss your short and long-term goals. Are some of them related? Which are priorities?• Discuss a leadership experience you have had in any area of your life: school, work, athletics, family, church, community, etc. How and why did you become a leader in this area? How did this experience influence your goals?TIPS• Share what influenced your goals, (i.e., personal experience, someone else’s experience, an observation you made). What are you doing today to reach them? How will your education and community involvement help you reach those goals?
GMS APPLICATION ESSAY QUESTIONS & TIPS NOTE: 1000 WORD LIMIT PER ESSAY• Discuss your involvement in and contributions to a community near your home, school, or elsewhere. Please select an experience different from the one you discussed in the previous question, even if this experience also involved leadership. What did you accomplish? How did this experience influence your goals?• Other than through classes in school, in what areas (non-academic or academic) have you acquired knowledge or skills? How?TIPS• Ask yourself why you decided to become involved in your community and what was the impact it had on others.
GMS APPLICATIONESSAY QUESTIONS & TIPSNOTE: 1000 WORD LIMIT PER ESSAY• Is there anything else you would like to tell us about that may help us evaluate your nomination, i.e., personal characteristics, obstacles you have overcome, etc.?• ONLY for Nominees who graduated from high school or earned their GED more than one year ago: Describe those activities in which you have participated since completing high school (i.e., community service, leadership, employment) that you believe qualify you for this scholarship.TIPS• Your essay responses should reflect who you are, where you are coming from, and your lived experiences.