Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, has given away billions of dollars in scholarship money. But if you haven’t noticed already, since 2016, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program for minority students has been discontinued. For years, the program awarded scholarships to African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students who were enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college program.
Established in 1999, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program was funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program had partnered with four organizations to serve the needs of minority students including The American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (AIGCS), the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).
However, when the program reached its goal to fund 20,000 students, they discontinued accepting new applicants.
The good news
The good news, though, is that Microsoft still has two programs that are specifically available for Black and other minority students.
#1 – Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) African American Heritage Scholarships are offered to outstanding black high-school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. High-school seniors of African descent may apply (for example, African American, Caribbean, African, etc). To apply, visit www.scholarshipsonline.org/
#2 – Microsoft Diversity Conference and Minority STEM Scholarships help Black, Hispanic and female students who are pursuing degrees in computer science, engineering, and other technical areas of study. There are two scholarship programs – one for tuition and for paid registration to a diversity tech conference. To apply, visit www.scholarshipsonline.org/
There are also more than 200 other scholarships for minorities from other major companies and organizations listed on www.scholarshipsonline.org