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ERIC Number: ED539716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Expanding Access and Opportunity: The Impact of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Ramsey, Jennifer
Institute for Higher Education Policy
In 1999, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation began an innovative scholarship program that provides full financial support to low-income minority students across the United States. The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program has already awarded more than 10,000 scholarships to exceptional students, with the ultimate goal of funding at least 20,000 students over the course of the 20-year program. Extensive research conducted on the program examines outcomes for several cohorts of Scholars using comparative data from non-recipients (students who applied but did not receive the scholarship) and national comparison groups of low-income, high-achieving minority students. The earliest findings from this research indicate that Scholars receive numerous advantages. They have reduced work and debt burdens as well as more flexibility in their choices, which leads to enhanced persistence, college completion, and community engagement after college. These are highly motivated students who likely would have attended college without the scholarship, but their experiences would have been very different. (Contains 3 tables, 6 figures, 1 box, and 8 footnotes.) [This report was prepared for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Higher Education Policy
Identifiers - Location: United States