Gates Millennial Scholar (GMS) Administrative Data, United States, 2000-2016 GMS Version 1


In 1999, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation started the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS), a 20-year initiative which intends to expand access to higher education for high achieving, low-income minority students. In addition to its academic objectives, GMS also has the goal of creating future leaders in minority groups. The program is administered by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Awardees can receive the scholarship for up to 5 years as an undergraduate and 4 years as a graduate student. The scholarship is renewable through graduate school in math, science, engineering, library science, and education. To be eligible for GMS, students had to meet several qualifications. They must: (1) be of African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, or Pacific Islander background; (2) be full-time students entering college or university; (3) have a GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale; (4) be eligible for Pell Grants; and (5) be leaders in community service, extracurricular, or other activities. These data include selected variables from administrative data as collected by UNCF. There are 5 major data sources from which these data were compiled, which include:

United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Administrative Databases;; National Student Clearing House (NSC);; Higher Education Directory (HED);; Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and; Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs).;

These data were collected to represent the aggregation of administrative data utilized throughout the GMS cohort-level data. The data was structured in a way to allow analysis and utility beyond the administrative data's original purpose. The initial release includes only records for GMS scholarship recipients and one higher education institution per person. Subsequent releases will include information for non-recipient finalists and the full spectrum of institutions attended.

ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables..

Datasets:DS1: Dataset

All Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients between the years of 1999 and 2016. Smallest Geographic Unit: City

record abstracts

Metadata Access
Creator Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Publisher Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Contributor Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Publication Year 2019
Rights Download; This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
OpenAccess true
Contact Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Language English
Resource Type Dataset; administrative records data
Discipline Social Sciences