Congratulations! We are very pleased to inform you of your selection as one of the 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars for the GMS Class of 2012. We commend you on your strong leadership, community service and academic achievements that contributed to your selection as a Gates Millennium Scholar. Your accomplishment is especially notable in context of the more than 24,000 students who applied, making this year’s the largest and most competitive group of candidates in the program’s history. We are very excited for you to join the community of Gates Scholars and we are very pleased to confer this distinct honor that distinguishes you as a Leader for America’s Future™.
As a Gates Millennium Scholar, GMS funds are available for you to attend any U.S. located, accredited* college or university of your choice. This is a renewable scholarship based on the GMS Program guidelines. The documents you will submit throughout your undergraduate career will guide GMS’ review and determination of a new scholarship amount for each year you are eligible. In addition, if you pursue graduate studies in the fields of Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Library Science, Mathematics, Public Health or Science, you may be eligible for GMS fellowship funding for your education through the master’s and doctoral levels.
Please note the enclosed document “Accessing Your Gates Scholarship” to understand and follow the steps you must take for your Gates scholarship award to be determined for the academic year 2012-2013.
For all Scholars who are currently high school seniors, we will request that you have your high school send an official copy of your final transcript showing your final grades and graduation date. Your scholarship award will not be released to the college/university you will attend until we receive your final transcript.
The GMS program is so much more than the scholarship funds you will receive. Many GMS programs and activities have been designed for you as resources, to assist with your continued development as a leader and to allow you to connect to the Gates Scholar community in a variety of ways. One example among the wide range of resources we provide is the GMS Freshmen Leadership Conference, specifically designed to orient and prepare you for a smooth transition to college and to help you maximize your GMS experience. Other GMS Leadership Development Programs include Academic Empowerment services (ACE) to support your academic success, graduate school planning for your continued education and a mentoring program. There is also an online resource center and a social networking website that gives you exclusive access to other Gates Scholars, tips on developing good study habits and time management, a calendar of GMS events and announcements of internships, fellowships and other scholarships, some unique to Gates Scholars.
Please review the documents included with this letter as they will provide you with an overview of many of the GMS initiatives. Should you have any questions about the GMS program or your scholarship, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-877-690-GMSP (4677) or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, congratulations on being selected for this distinguished award. Be sure to also thank your Nominator and Recommender for their support and confidence in your potential.
Larry A. Griffith Vice President, UNCF Gates Millennium Scholars Program