January 4, 2002

Gates Millennium Scholars Information Session and Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) Workshop

Several community organizations are hosting a Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) and Federal financial and workshop on Sunday, January 5 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the University of San Diego in Solomon Hall located inside Maher Hall. This workshop targets high school juniors, seniors, parents, educators and fellow community members by educating the community with financial aid options. For more information about the workshop, please call: (619) 594-3332 or (877) 972-7368.

A special focus is placed on the GMS program, started by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as an opportunity for African Americans, American Indians/Alaska natives, Asian Pacific Islander Americans and Hispanic Americans to complete a college education. The Organization of Chinese Americans administers the program nationally with the local chapter partnering with the California PARENT Center and National Federation of Filipino Americans (NaFFAA) Southern California Region IX to conduct this valuable workshop.

Nomination guidelines and forms are now available for the third year of the GMS awards. Principals, teachers, guidance counselors, tribal higher education representatives, and other professional educators are invited to nominate students with outstanding academic records, strong leadership potential and commitment to community service. Nominators must act in their personal capacity. Institutional nominations will not be accepted. All applications materials must be postmarked or submitted online no later than February 1, 2002.

In the 2002-2003 academic year, degree-seeking students entering a college or university as freshmen, on a full-time basis that meet the GMS selection criteria will be considered for scholarships. An individual is eligible to be nominated as Gates Millennium Scholars if he or she:

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF), with the support of the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the Organization of Chine Americans, administers the Gates Millennium Scholars program.

Deadline for receipt of all materials is February 1, 2002. To receive an application, visit www.gmsp.org.

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