The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation offers the Gates Millennium Scholars Program and Gates Cambridge Scholars Program. The foundation offers the Gates Millennium Scholars Program to American minority students to study an undergraduate program of their choice. The Gates Cambridge Scholars Program enables graduate students from every country outside the United Kingdom to pay for tuition, maintenance and travel at Cambridge University.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation established the Gates Millennium Scholars Program in 1999. This scholarship provides financial assistance to Hispanic Americans, Asian Pacific Islander Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians and African American students to pursue an undergraduate degree of their choice. A continuing Gates Millennium Scholar may request graduate degree funding in library science, computer science, engineering, education and science. Gates Millennium Scholars may also request funding for public health or mathematics graduate degrees.
Eligible applicants must have a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale. They must be citizens or legal and national permanent residents of the United States. Applicants must demonstrate leadership abilities, meet the federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria and enroll for the first time at an accredited university or college in the United States. To be eligible for qualification, the student must complete and submit a student application form, evaluation of his academic record and evaluation of his leadership abilities and community service.
The Gates Cambridge Scholars Program selects students on grounds of leadership potential and academic ability. The program draws applicants from all over the world to study a wide array of disciplines. This scholarship is for a tenure of one to three years, with the possibility of a fourth-year extension.