November 24, 2004

Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program announces the launching of its 2005-2006 Nomination Process. General information and the nomination forms, can be found at

Materials may be submitted either on-line by January 14, 2005 12:00 midnight EST, or postmarked no later than January 14, 2005.

There are three components of the GMS scholarship nomination process:

(1) A Nominee Personal Information Form to be completed by the student,

(2) A Nominator form to be completed by a principal, teacher, guidance counselor or other professional educator, and

(3)  A Recommender Form to be completed by an adult who is familiar with the Nominee’s community service and leadership activities.

Nominations and recommendations from relatives will not be accepted.

GMS will identify students with outstanding academic promise, particularly (but not exclusively) those with potential for success in the fields of mathematics, science, engineering, education or library science.

Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they:

* Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American

* Are a citizen/legal permanent resident or national of the United States

* Have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (un-weighted)

* Will be entering a U.S. accredited college or university as full time, degree-seeking freshmen in the fall

* Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities

* Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria. (Eligibility for Federal Pell Grant can only be determined through the submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid Programs).

Gates Millennium Scholars selects one thousand students per year. The scholarship supports the cost of attendance and can be renewed each year throughout the Scholars undergraduate program, and on to graduate school for those Scholars who enter one of five eligible graduate fields: mathematics, science, engineering, education, or library science.

If you have any questions about the program, please visit the GMS website: <>

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