Scholarships for American Indians


Tribes and Nations  - Misc. and Other Minorities

Gates Millennium Undergraduate Scholars Program

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
P.O. Box 10500
Fairfax, VA 22031-8044
Toll-free: (877) 690-GMSP                       Fax: (703) 205-2079


To provide financial assistance to outside low-income minority students, particularly those interested in majoring in specific fields in college.


This program is open to African American, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Pacific Islander Americans who are graduating high school seniors with a GPA of 3.3 of higher.

The following are invited to nominate students



        • Principles
        • teachers
        • guidance counselors
        • tribal higher education representatives
        • and other professional educators 

with outstanding academic qualifications, particularly those likely to succeed in the fields of


        • computer science
        • education
        • engineering
        • library science
        • mathematics
        • public health
        • or science. 


Nominees should have significant financial need and have demonstrated leadership abilities (through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities). U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required. Nominees must be planning to enter an accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking freshman in the following fall.


Financial data 

The program covers the cost of


        • tuition fees
        • books


Living expenses not paid for by grants and scholarships already committed as part of the recipient's financial aid package


4 years of the completion of the undergraduate degree, if the recipient maintains at least a 3.0 GPA.

Additional information

This program, established in 1999, is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the United Negro College Fund with support from the American Indian Graduate Center, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund.

Number awarded 

Under the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, a total of 4,000 students receive support each year.


January of each year.