UNCF administers the Gates Millennium Scholars Program in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars.
The Gates Millennium Scholars program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is aimed at expanding access and opportunity to higher education to those citizens who will help reflect the diverse society in which we live. The Foundation seeks to increase the number of African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Americans and Hispanic Americans enrolling in and completing undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The goal is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students to reach their fullest potential. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation established this initiative to encourage and support students in completing college and in continuing on to earn masters and doctoral degrees in disciplines where ethnic and racial groups are currently underrepresented. The Gates Millennium Scholars awards enable thousands of young Americans to attend undergraduate and graduate institutions of their choice and prepare them to assume important roles as leaders in their professions and in their co munities.