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Gates Millennium Scholarship Overview

The Gates Millennium Scholarship Program is part of the $1 billion Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Began in 1999, the foundation concentrates its support to talented racial minority groups with significant financial need.

If you are an academically talented student looking for scholarships for blacks, scholarships for minority women or Hispanic scholarships this may be well worth your time.

The actual award amount varies. After the financial aid amount is determined from your choice college winners can have their unmet cost of college (tuition, fees, books and living expenses) covered. Since this is often a large cost remaining for most students this is an attractive private scholarship to consider.

Financial need is 100% formula driven with Federal Pell Grant Federal Pell Grant eligibility required as well as your FAFSA being filed.

Finally, as with all private scholarships be very aware of filing deadlines.

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Majors of Focus

The Gates Foundation is well known for it's analytical focus on a clearly defined social need. Their private scholarship program is no exception specifically targeting increasing the representation of racial minorities in specific fields.

Targeting mostly math and sciences be sure to visit the recommended scholarship link at the bottom of this page for the complete list of targeted disciplines.

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Leaders of Tomorrow

Mirroring the success of Microsoft's rapid rise in the business world, the Gates Millennium Foundation also includes future leadership potential in it's screening process.

To back this level of commitment it also provides funding for post graduate work. The basis for its impressive graduation rate (87%) for its winning scholars can be traced back to a mentoring program throughout their students entire academic career. gates millennium scholarship - family at computer

Finding Proven Scholarship Resources

While this private scholarship has the most specific criteria you can find along with very high above average awards, the bar is extremely high. Even if you feel you qualify for this award, be sure to hedge your bets by finding out a way to find attractive scholarship sources.

Visit my free webinar to learn how to use your time wisely in finding the most attractive sources of free financial aid.

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