2016 was the last chance to apply to the Gates Millennium Scholars Program!

Congrats, 2016 GMSP applicants! You’ve submitted those applications (eight long, grueling essays included) and scrambled to get those recommender and nominator forms in on time! Now that you’re on the other side, it’s time for some news:


Word on the street (aka, the internet) is: 2016 is the final year of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program. Fear not! GMSP award winners from the 2016 cohort will still receive ALL 10 YEARS of funding.

According to reports, the “Gates Millennium Scholars Program” will be replaced by the “Gates Scholarship.” The new Gates Scholarship will start accepting applications in 2018.  Sorry, high school graduating class of 2017!😦

So far, the following details have been announced: The Gates Scholarship will

  • Support students through their undergraduate studies (translation: there will be no support for MS and PhD degrees)
  • Support a total of 3,000 students (translation: only 3,000 students will be awarded the Gates Scholarship and there is no indication of how many students per year will be awarded the Gates Scholarship)
  • Last 10 years (translation: the program could potentially accept applications for 10 cohorts)
  • Be administered by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund but will NOT be limited to Hispanic students (translation: no details have been released about who will qualify)


This story is still developing and I’ll update with new information as it becomes available...


Click the following links to read more: The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Impatient Optimists (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation blog), Navajo Times, and Hispanic Scholarship Fund.


~Ngoc Nhi Le



A note to all GMSP 2016 applicants

In the past 3 days, I’ve reviewed over 100 essays for GMSP applicants. I’m completely emotionally and intellectually drained. The only thing I can think of right now is :

I am also SO BLESSED to be a part of this process!

There were so many essays full of raw emotion – so many tales of such struggle and hardship! I can’t even grasp your level of strength and resilience!

The applicants are so impressive and, when the time comes, I will be so excited to welcome the very last GMSP cohort! This is probably the most stellar cohort we have ever had!

Thank you, applicants!  Thank you for allowing me to be  part of your GMSP application process and your life!


~Ngoc Nhi Le

New GMSP review partnership with Scholarship Junkies!

Exciting news:

I’m now officially partnered with Scholarship Junkies to give free GMSP advice and essay feedback! 

What does this mean for you: more people to help and faster service!🙂

In this blog’s first year, I personally moderated all the comments and provided feedback. In the last 2 years, I’ve outsourced the essay reviews to Scholarship Junkies. This year, we’ve made the partnership official so that the Scholarship Junkies members (also GMSP award winners) can provide all the help they can give. Be prepared for faster and higher volumes of comment replies and essay feedback!🙂