About The Gates Millennium Scholars Program

The Gateway Program is a mentoring program designed to help facilitate college access via the successful completion and submission of the Gates Millennium Application as a vehicle for higher education. Using a series of workshops and individual mentoring opportunities, students will complete the Gates Scholarship application, develop a resume, apply to colleges and complete the FAFSA under the guidance of professional staff and mentors at Creighton University.


The Gates Millennium Scholarship provides the opportunity to complete college with funding to cover tuition, fees, books, and living expenses not covered by other grants and awards you receive. If loans or work-study would be required to meet your college costs, the Gates Millennium Scholarship will replace them as well (up to your EFC - Expected Family Contribution). You can attend the accredited college or university of your choice. 1,000 Asian, African American, Hispanic, and Native American high school seniors are awarded the scholarship each year.

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, national or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED
  • Will be enrolling for the first time at a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student in the fall of the application year
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities
  • Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria
  • Have completed and submitted all three required forms (Nominee Personal Information form, Nominator form, and Recommender form) by the deadline

A Brief History of the Gateway Program

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS), 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 anopportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Continuing Gates Millennium Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: 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.

What is our goal?

Our goal is to have all eligible, participating students submit a viable GMS application and college applications by the end of the program (December 2011, winter break) and complete a FAFSA by the end of February.

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