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Press Release

For Immediate Release
November 18, 2002

Contact: Neel Saxena, Outreach Coordinator


Washington, DC - Nomination Materials for the Gates Millennium Scholars program are now available for the 2003-2004 Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) awards. Principals, teachers, guidance counselors, tribal higher education representatives, and other professional educators are invited to nominate students with outstanding academic records, strong leadership potential and commitment to community service. Nominators must act in their personal capacity. Institutional nominations will not be accepted.

All applications materials must be postmarked or submitted online no later than February 1, 2003.

The Gates Millennium Scholars program was established in 1999 through a grant provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide Asian Pacific Islander Americans, African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, or Hispanic Americans with an opportunity to complete a college education. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students with significant

financial need, particularly those intending to study mathematics, science, engineering, education or library science, to reach their fullest potential.

Additionally, GMS provides opportunities for Scholars to prepare for leadership roles in their profession and communities through a comprehensive leadership development program. GMS awarded scholarships to 1000 high-achieving students for the 2002-2003 academic year, bringing the total number of students awarded GMS scholarships to over 6,000.

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF), with the support of the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (AIGCS), the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), administers the Gates Millennium Scholars program.

Eligibility Criteria
In the 2003-2004 academic year, individuals are eligible to be considered for a Gates Millennium Scholarship if they:

  • 1. are Asian Pacific Islander American, African American, Hispanic American or American Indian/Alaska Native;
  • 2. are a citizen, legal permanent resident or national of the United States;
  • 3. have a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale;
  • 4. will be entering a U.S. accredited college or university as full-time, degree-seeking freshmen in the academic year 2003-2004;
  • 5. have demonstrated leadership commitment through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities that reflect leadership abilities; and
  • 6. meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria. Eligibility for Federal

Pell Grant can only be determined though the submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid Programs.

To request Nomination Materials or for more information, please include your name and information and contact:

Neel Saxena
Outreach Coordinator, GMS/APIA
Email: gmspinfo@ocanatl.org
Phone: 202-530-8894 x2
Fax: 202-530-0643

The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) is the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) partner with the Gates Millennium Scholars Program. OCA is working with the APIA Advisory Committee which includes:

- Advocate Initiatives for Grassroots Access

- Asian and Pacific Americans in Higher Education

- Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies

- Japanese American Citizens League

- Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs Committee on Education

- Korean American Coalition

- Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics

- National Association for the Education & Advancement of Cambodian, Laotian & Vietnamese Americans

- National Federation of Filipino American Associations

- National Korean American Service & Education Consortium

- Native Hawaiian Community Base Education Learning Centers

- Network of South Asian Professionals - DC Foundation

- Organization of Chinese American Women

- Organization of Chinese Americans

- Pacific American Education and Scholastic Foundation

- Pacific American Executive Council

- Pacific American Foundation

- Southeast Asia Resource Action Center


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