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

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Other Title
  • GMS (Alternative Title)
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Survey Data
Publication Date
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
academic degrees; college graduates; college students; educational opportunities; educational populations; educational programs; educationally disadvantaged; financial support; graduate schools; high school graduates; higher education; minorities; postsecondary education; scholarships; undergraduate programs
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Methods

    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..
  • Abstract


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2000--2016
  • 2000 / 2016
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients between the years of 1999 and 2016. Smallest Geographic Unit: City
Collection Mode
  • record abstracts
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 36877 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2019-03-28 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-03-28

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (2019): Gates Millennial Scholar (GMS) Administrative Data, United States, 2000-2016. Version 1. Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Survey Data. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.