Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Gates Millennium Scholars Program helps 1,000 exceptional minority students fund their college education. The chosen students each receive a good-through-graduation scholarship that can be used at any college or university. Gates scholars also get academic support, professional and leadership development, and other perks. To be eligible for the program, you must be an African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American student. You must also be Pell Grant eligible and know an educator, principal, or guidance counselor who is familiar with your academic background and willing to nominate you for the scholarship opportunity. Read more about The Gates Millennium Scholars Program.