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Gates Millennium Scholars Program 2012

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program will select 1,000 talented students this year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. The goal of the GMS scholarship is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential.

African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American students are eligible to apply. Applicants must be in their senior year of high school and have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED.

GMS provides scholarship support that covers the unmet financial need of scholars during their undergraduate years. GMS offers scholars distinctive personal, academic and professional growth opportunities through leadership development programs. Graduate school funding continues for Gates Millennium Scholars who decide to pursue seven particular areas of study. 

Application Assistance Sessions
Last school year, six DCPS students won this prestigious award. DCPS believes there are many more eligible candidates for this scholarship. The College Readiness Initiative invites potential GMS candidates to participate in drop-in sessions at the DCPS Central Office, located at 1200 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 (For directions, click HERE.

During these sessions, skilled DCPS volunteers will be available to assist students in revising essays and applications. The drop-in session dates are:

Saturday, December 17 (10:00 a.m.–12 noon) Thursday, December 29 (10:00 a.m.–12 noon)
Tuesday, December 27 (10:00 a.m.–12 noon) Saturday, January 7 (10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, December 28 (10:00 a.m.–12 noon)  

All students must register by clicking HERE.

The GMS 2012 Scholarship Application online process is now open for students entering college for the first time in the fall 2012. The deadline for all submissions is Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

For more information regarding the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, please visit

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