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 three programs that are still 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/2015/04/blacks-at-microsoft-bam-scholarships.html
#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/2012/09/microsoft-scholarships.html
#3 – The Gates Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship awarded to exceptional minority high school seniors planning to attend college full time. Candidates must have a GPA of 3.3 or above, be in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, and demonstrate leadership qualities. To apply, visit www.scholarshipsonline.org/2017/09/the-gates-scholarship.html
There are also more than 200 other scholarships for minorities from other major companies and organizations listed on www.scholarshipsonline.org