Gates Scholarship replaces the Gates Millennium Scholars Program!

UPDATE: The new Gates Scholarship program is now live! Applications for the 2018 graduating class will be open July 12 – September 15, 2017.

——–Updated July 7, 2017——–

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!

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)
  • Award 300 scholarships per year
  • Be administered by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund but will NOT be limited to Hispanic students


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




13 thoughts on “Gates Scholarship replaces the Gates Millennium Scholars Program!

  1. Hey Nhi,

    I was chosen as a semi-finalist for the Gates Scholarship and I would really like to have someone to brainstorm ideas with. Could I please have your email or contact info. Thank you


  2. Hi Ngoc,
    Does the new gates scholarship require essays? I look through my application and cannot locate any essay prompts.

    • Hi Mary!
      For the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, the essays were the same every year. HOWEVER, the new Gates Scholarship application hasn’t been released and we don’t know what that application looks like just yet. I’ll update you when I get more information!

  3. Pingback: The new Gates Scholarship – what you need to know | Ngoc Nhi Le + Scholarship Junkies

  4. Hi Ngoc,
    I just want to say thank you for the great information that you provide in your website. I was just wondering, can you confirm that the Gates Scholarship will be available for high school students who will be graduating in 2018?
    I hope that you let me know.
    Thank you !

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