OBU to Host Gates Scholarship Workshop

The Gates Millennium Scholarship provides outstanding students of ethnic background with significant financial need the opportunity to complete an undergraduate and possibly a master's degree in the academic discipline of their choice. OBU will host a Gates Millennium Scholarship workshop Monday, Nov. 1, on Bison Hill in two sessions from 9-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Another workshop will be held at Glorieta Baptist Church, 7308 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City on Sunday, Nov. 7, from 3-4 p.m.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 1999. The Gates Millennium Scholarship program selects 1,000 students per year as the scholars. Awards are based on the cost of tuition, fees, books and living expenses for the academic year, as well as other grants and scholarships provided by financial aid. Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients can request a fellowship for a graduate degree in a certain disciplines such as computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.

The selection process is very competitive; student applicants must be of African American, American Indian/Alaska native, Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American descent. They have to be citizens, nationals or legal permanent residents of the United States. The student must qualify for Federal Pell Grant and be entering college as a full-time first year student. Scholars must maintain a grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate leadership abilities through community service, extracurricular activities or other outlets.

During the workshops, previous Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients will speak to nominees and demonstrate how to log on to the GMS website to enter into the competition. Students from 20 area high schools are invited to attend the workshops.

For more information about Gates Millennium Scholarship and nomination materials, click here or call 877-690-GMSP (4677).

To register for the workshops, click here.